July 14, Hello peeps, how has the month been? I have decided to take the bull by the horns and do it anyways. Where do I start? The storyline spans roughly weeks, my guess being right. The plot revolves basically around two couples, one affluent and the other poverty stricken.
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July 14, Hello peeps, how has the month been? I have decided to take the bull by the horns and do it anyways. Where do I start? The storyline spans roughly weeks, my guess being right. The plot revolves basically around two couples, one affluent and the other poverty stricken. The story tells of the things that being poor can make one do and things that the affluent can use to lure the poor as well.
The major characters were Idemudia, a labourer who went to school but dropped out at class four due to his father being uninterested in his education.
Adisa, his wife that was sent to him from the village. Then there was Obofun and Queen, they both ran freedom motel and had separate businesses as well. Queen had a government contract to build low cost houses somewhere in Benin where the story was set, she also had some apartments up for rent and a hotel of hers too. Obofun ran a supermarket, a hotel of his and sold products that were scarcely found like whisky. The book portrays the disparity between the two couples aforementioned and also individual values.
There were other supporting characters that added more essence and depth to the story; from the Greek site engineer to Lilian, Iriso, Osaro and Bernard to mention but a few. The author was very apt with his description, it was easy to imagine scenes and sceneries in the book as well as characters. This is one thing I appreciate about the book aside the fact that it was gripping —leaving you turning the pages endlessly. I also found the conversation between a person and his conscience very interesting.
All in all, it was a good read and I am pretty sure you would find it interesting too if you happen to read it. PS : I said it was an interesting read but I was left quite unhappy seeing how bad the Nigerian economy has become more when compared to the time in which the book was set.
Can you imagine 20 cartons of milk and about eggs costing about Naira, just imagine. Also, how Naira felt like a big deal then. I should be talking about this and more in a future post.
Festus Iyayi and Narrative Techniques: A Formalist Reading of Violence
Class struggle predates Karl Marx; one may boldly say that it describes the history of all existing human civilizations. Social classes are often described as either upper, middle or lower based on income, wealth or estate. However, Marxist notion of class in a capitalist setting is based on the control of means of production. This may be perceived as a form of neocolonialism, labour is exploited to create economic and socio-political dominance. A most shameful version of Apartheid in post colonial Africa, perpetrated by Africans on fellow Africans. Burdened by extreme poverty and hunger, the masses inevitably revolt against oppression. The ensuing struggle, though often violent, non-violent struggle is not uncommon.
This research aims to know how classism and economical alienation affects social oppresion in the story. In many stories, either actual stories or fiction highlighting poverty as the main problem, classism is indeed the first factor to be the start of the problems. Underpayment, overloaded work, and overtime shift in the construction sometimes are identified as oppression, but not as social oppression. It means that workers are alienated from the wealth they worked to unfair, cheaper wage. Marx, again, stated that labor is external to the laborer that is, it is not part of his nature-and that the worker does not affirm himself in his work but denies himself, feels miserable and unhappy, develops no free physical and mental energy but mortifies his flesh and ruins his mind. If alienation is exploitation, what I understand is that alienation is also injustice.
His family lived on little means but instilled in him strong moral lessons about life. Iyayi left Nigeria to pursue his higher education, obtaining a M. D from the University of Bradford , England. In , he went back to Benin and became a lecturer in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Benin. As a member of staff of the university, he became interested in radical social issues, and a few years after his employment, he became the president of the local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU , a radical union known for its upfront style on academic and social welfare. He rose to the position of president of the national organization in , but in , the union was briefly banned and Iyayi was detained. In that same year he won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his novel Heroes.