Wole Soyinka: The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis (1880 words)

  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis combines an excoriating assessment of Nigeria’s ruling clique (paying particular attention to the military ‘governments’ of Generals Murtala Mohammed, Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha), painful eye-witness reports of human rights violations, and a poetic appeal for Nigeria’s future: June 12, 1993, the date on which Moshood K. O. Abiola was elected civilian President, to supersede General Babangida, is when “The hands of the nation clock were stopped on a day that, ironically, recorded its birth. If the nation is to live, its resuscitation must commence where its heart first stopped beating” (143).

The book was written whilst Soyinka, i…

Citation:
McLuckie, Craig. "The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 August 2004
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