n African Renaissance - Politics of resistance to dictatorship in Nurudin Farah's dictatorship trilogy

Volume 4 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Third world countries have always been known as countries that have problems with governance, which stem from lack of proper leadership, insensitivity and political maneuvering. Political and military dictatorships have been the order of the day in most African countries. It has become very difficult for most African and other autocratic leaders to relinquish leadership positions once they get into power, thereby converting the seat of power to family or private property. In so doing, these dictators rain down rules and restrictive laws which help to entrench them in their positions of power, at the detriment of the masses they govern. Some African writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chinua Achebe, Sembene Ousmane, Ayi Kwei Armah have been writing and addressing some of these leadership issues in their works, in order to make the world a better place, yet a lot of African leaders are resistant to change, thus causing political and economic turmoil in their different countries. Nuruddin Farah portrays the ineptitude of the dictatorship government in Somalia, as he exposes the misguided, violent and corrupt practices going on in this government. The issue of proper governance and leadership in Africa and the problems involved form the basis of this paper. From the point of view of Nuruddin Farah's trilogy, Somalia's leadership problem, is viewed as a microcosm of most African dictatorship countries.

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