War as Postcolonial Metonymy: A Comparative Study of Adimora-Ezeigbo’s Roses and Bullets and Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun
This study examines war as postcolonial metonymy in postcolonial Nigeria. Obviously, the cause of the Nigeria - Biafra war has been reverberated by different writers in recent and past fictions but Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo and Chimamanda Adichie succinctly reveal the incidents that led to the civil war. Specifically, the research attempts at locating a point of convergence of Roses and Bullets (2011) and Half of a Yellow Sun (2006). The aim of this research is to undertake the aggregate of social and personal problems which culminates into the Nigeria Biafra war. This is with the intention of delineating the many possibilities which mankind is capable of inflicting on its fellow as expressed through the interplay of different textual features. The study uses Postcolonial theory, to suggest that war in Africa and Nigeria specifically is an aftermath of postcolonialism. We locate a point of convergence and peculiar artistic traits peculiar to both Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo and Chimanda Ngozi Adichie. The findings re-direct our minds to the fact that war is only a symptom of a general failure with roots deeper than the sudden eruption of violence in postcolonial Nigeria. The study recommends that war narratives should be studied if we are to understand the problems of Postcolonial African countries and to re-envision a future free of violence and genocidal tendencies.
Keywords: War literature, Neocolonialism, Metonymy, Postcolonialism, Igbo genocide.