Apocalyptic vision and the quest for ethnic identity in Isidore Okpewho’s Tides
In this epistolary novel, Okpewho emphasizes the natural relation of the Ijaws to their land and the threat posed to this land by oil exploration activities. The Paper argues that the creeks and swamps function in the text as symbols of cultural memory and ethnic identity. This essay traces the images of ecological destruction and its significance as a new critical idiom. The themes of environmental crisis appears as a recent phenomenon in modern Nigerian literature. The paper examines Tides in the light of the issues raised by eco-criticism and environmentalism. It traces images of apocalyptic vision in the text in order to point out the relationship between the characters and their responses to these environmental practices. Specifically, the aim is to contribute to the burgeoning debate within eco-criticism and African environmental history, as well as to show how concerns with environmental practices can lead to national development and the amelioration of the crisis of the natural environment.