At a glance:
- Author: Ken Saro-Wiwa
- First Published: 1989
- Type of Plot: Satire, epistolary
- Time of Work: The late 1980’s
- Setting: A prison in Nigeria
- Characters: Bana, Sazan, Jimba, Zole, The prison guard, The high court judge, A German prostitute
- Genres: Short fiction
- Subjects: Africa or Africans, Politics, Prisoners, Prisons, Blacks, Twentieth century, 1980's, Capital punishment, Honesty, Robbery or robbers, Death or dying, Judges, Corruption, Captivity, Hypocrisy, Nigeria or Nigerians
- Locales: Africa, Nigeria
Written in the form of a condemned man’s last letter to his former girlfriend, “Africa Kills Her Sun” constitutes a dark satire on the effects of all-encompassing corruption and pervasive graft in Nigerian society and Africa in general. In ironic form, it denounces the economic immorality that took hold in Nigeria under a continuous military dictatorship that began in 1983 and did not end until 1999. Democracy came too late to save the author. Saro-Wiwa was imprisoned first in 1993 and again in 1994 for his political activism on behalf of his native Ogoni people...
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