Re-reading Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah and Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo’s Trafficked: The vision of the writers in social reformation and nation building
Ngozi Jacinta Ozoh, Adaobi Olivia Ihueze
Literature has over the years become an indispensable tool for social criticism and reconstruction. It has also mirrored the lives and mores of any given society by bringing out the socio-political, religious and economic problems. This role has placed writers in a spotlight and identifies them as strong forces charged with the task of bringing positive and lasting changes in our society. Writers, in the bid to harness the full potentials of literature have become social crusaders of the imminent disaster facing the nation. This paper examines Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah andAkachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s Trafficked to find out their stand point in the face of our various problems ranging from child trafficking, prostitution, displacement, exploitation, embezzlement, poor governance, discrimination, acculturation and all the attendant experiences of Africans in Diaspora in their bid to escape from the country and find refuge, succour and better life abroad. Using psychoanalytical theory, the paper analyses the traumatic experiences of these migrants in Diaspora. It is obvious that Adichie created African characters that are battling with their foreign unfriendly environment while Adimora-Ezeigbo showed total hatred for human trafficking and these views which they proffer formed the crux of the study. The paper concludes that for these migrants to find peace, they have to go back to their root and build their nation in one way or the other.