Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2020)
Myths of road and abiku: A metaphor of postcolonial Nigeria in ben okri's the famished road
Author(s): Preeti Singh, Abha Shukla Kaushik
Abstract: This paper focuses on Ben Okri's adoption of a mythical strategy to frame the image of a nation. The fact that the protagonist of the novel 'Azaro' is a spirit-child (abiku according to Yoruba myth) provides the base for all myths and metaphors in The Famished Road. Within the tale of myths and magical reality Okri weaves a story of war-ridden post-colonial Africa exposed to the turmoil of socio-political change. Writing from the aura of post-independence disillusionment Okri dramatizes the problems of a newly freed nation Nigeria. He also deals with the challenges of an emerging nation through violent history of Nigeria. This paper also aims to highlight how Okri uses the myths of abiku and road across the narrative with direct references as well as obscure symbolism. These aspects of the above mentioned novel will be explored by the method of applying post-colonial theory.