Helon Habila, Waiting for an Angel

Rita Nnodim (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)
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The socio-political and economic climate of late 1980s and 1990s Nigeria forms the backdrop of Habila’s first prose fiction,

Waiting for an Angel

. These are the last years of Ibrahim Babangida’s rule and the years of Sani Abacha’s ruthless military dictatorship, years characterized by economic crisis and an oppressive political climate: “What this story tries to do is to capture the mood of those // years, especially the Abacha years: the despair, the frenzy, the stubborn hope, but above all the airless prison-like atmosphere that characterized them” (Habila 2004, 228-229).

Waiting for an Angel is a collection of stories, each revolving around the lives of a few central characters, connected through the life of Lomba, a student who becomes a writer and journalist, and,

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Citation: Nnodim, Rita. "Waiting for an Angel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2011 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24876, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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