African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 197

Full Length Research Paper

War, violence and language in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy

  Chijioke Uwasomba      
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 February 2010
  •  Published: 28 February 2010


This essay is based on Ken Saro-Wiwa’s novel, titled Sozaboy. Apart from using this novel to interpret [DBMS1]  and locate the history and politics of Nigeria within a particular period, the essay tried to look at the 1967 - 1970 Nigeria’s civil war as fictionalized by Ken Saro-Wiwa, the nature of the language and implications on the English language in Nigeria. It also attempted an understanding of the moral and political consequences of war on humanity in general and the special effect of the Nigerian civil war on the minority areas within the Biafran enclave in particular as epitomized by Dukana, the setting of Sozaboy. The essay concluded that the novel itself was a bold attempt at experimentation with language, considering the fact that it was written in what the author himself described as “rotten” English. 
Key words: Dukana, Nigerian pidgin, civil war, sozaboy, refugee camp.