oa Alternation - The Prodigal hero returns to his aboriginal home: a reading of Kofi Awoonor's This Earth, My Brother

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This critique takes a critical look at the environmental determinism which shapes and informs Kofi Awoonor's hero and other characters in This Earth, My Brother. Another major preoccupation of this critical analysis is to investigate how the corrosive fictional wasteland-Awoonor's bleak landscape-affects the protagonist's existential quest for selfhood and racial identity. How Amamu, the prodigal hero, 'became a stranger to his tribe, to his religion, to his traditions, and to himself (Yeti v 1976:86) is. therefore, my central concern. This Earth, My Brother, which is structured around the traditional African ontology and aesthetics. in particular, the Ewe cosmology, has a riveting resonance. The fictional world of This Earth, My Brother is so realistic that any reader with intimate knowledge of the Ewe world-view will realise that all Awoonor has done is to cloak in fictional fantasy the real living world of the Ewes. To achieve his creative purpose, the novelist has clothed in fictional garb of illusion countless fragments of Ewe religious, cultural and mystical rituals and ethnohistory.

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