n English in Africa - Cosmopolitan solidarity : negotiating transculturality in contemporary Nigerian novels

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



In Chinua Achebe's , we are presented with an intriguing character, Ezeulu. In many instances, Ezeulu is portrayed as being ahead of his time. Among his special qualities is the ability to recognize, very much like the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, that reality is in constant motion; the only thing that is stable is change. For Ezeulu, "the world is like a mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place" (45-46). The typical African mask performance is a display of different masquerades in the village square during festivals. In contrast with conventional Western theatre in which characters perform on stage and the members of the audience are seated, African masquerade performance involves movement of both actors and audience.

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