Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2019, Page: 54-59
African Intellectuals and Challenges of Nation Building: Tawfīq al-Hakīm’s Masīrus-Sārsār (The Fate of a Cockroach) as a Case Study
Jamiu Muhammad Yunusa, Department of Linguistics, African and European Languages, Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria
Received: Sep. 8, 2019;       Accepted: Oct. 4, 2019;       Published: Oct. 23, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.allc.20190403.12      View  53      Downloads  9
Abstract
Intellectuals have been the conscience of different African nations most especially since the second half of last century when the continent started gaining independence from colonial rule in quick succession; they were very alive to moulding their different societies through their creative writings by which they were constantly putting the political leaders on their toes. This paper therefore aims to unravel reasons for the contemporary intellectuals taking the back seat and losing the awe and impacts the first generation writers made on their different young nations. After using judgement sampling technique to select Tawfīq al-Hakīm’s Masīrus Sārsār (The Fate of a Cockroach) and text-based ethnography to collect data, the study adopted a qualitative design that employed descriptive analytical method to analyse and interpret the chosen play. This study found out that the situation has considerably waned owing to very intolerant political climate and the intellectuals themselves flocking to manoeuvre ways at becoming political gladiators. This paper concludes that intellectuals can be more relevant in nation building only when they continue playing the role of being the conscience of their different nations and distance themselves from mad rush for political power.
Keywords
Intellectual, Escapism, Allegorical, Depiction, Governance
To cite this article
Jamiu Muhammad Yunusa, African Intellectuals and Challenges of Nation Building: Tawfīq al-Hakīm’s Masīrus-Sārsār (The Fate of a Cockroach) as a Case Study, Arabic Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2019, pp. 54-59. doi: 10.11648/j.allc.20190403.12
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