ERIC Number: EJ871562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
The Educated Elite and the Leadership Initiative in Postcolonial West Africa. A Reading of Chinua Achebe's "A Man of the People"
Education, v129 n2 p287-293 Win 2008
Robert Fraser summarizes Ayi Kwei Armah's comments on the colonized educated African elite, as expressed in Armah's essay, "African Socialism, Utopian or Scientific?", as follows: After decades of domination the natives have developed massive inferiority feelings which manifest themselves in an acute dependency on their masters (Fraser, 7) Ode Ogede points to the same essay in his discussion of the colonial African educated elite, agreeing, more or less, with Armah's conclusions. Wodajo brings a historical account that credits Christian missionary institutions with creating the African educated elite who turn out with as little initiative as the ones earlier described by Armah___: In 1827 missionaries founded the first higher learning institution at Fourah Bay in Sierra Leone West Africa which enhanced the formation of an African elite in the region. ...The African elite...was informed by Christian education. This type of education, according to Kofi Awoonor,...inculcated the superiority of the European way of life...The system downgraded the local languages thereby inculcating a sense of inferiority in the native people about their own languages. From the sociological accounts we have seen above, the colonial event left the African elite lack of initiative and dependent on the handouts from the master. Critics have decried this lack of good leadership in the emergent postcolonial nations of West Africa. Charles Nnolim, for example, writes: " The trouble with Nigeria ... is simply and squarely a failure of leadership...the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility..." The purpose of this exercise is to examine the quality of the leadership initiative possessed by the educated elite in the post-colonial fictional world of Chinua Achebe in "A man of The People".
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership, Foreign Policy, Educational Attainment, Reputation, Social Class, Novels, Content Analysis, Christianity, Information Dissemination, Global Approach, Context Effect
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria; Sierra Leone