TOWARDS A METAPHORICAL HARVEST OF CORRUPTION IN POSTCOLONIAL NIGERIA: AN ANALYSIS OF CORRUPTION AS A CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGE IN FRANK OGODO OGBECHE’S HARVEST OF CORRUPTION

Published: MARCH 2021

Author(s): Henry Terngu Tarkpegher &  Nwokeke Godspower Ikechukwu

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PhD Students of Nasarawa State University Keffi.

Nasarawa State

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Abstract

Corruption refers to any attempt by an individual to violate the rules of an organization or nation with the aim of having a personal gain. This study has established that different forms of corruption and abuse of office feature prominently in Frank Ogbeche’s Harvest of Corruption. The study identifies politicians, police, judges, custom officers and civil servants as corrupt and self-seeking Nigerians. The study approaches corruption from a metaphorical perspective, emphasising that embracing corruption is like having access to the nation’s “ripe oranges” illegally. The second metaphor is that of planting and harvesting corruption. Harvesting of corruption has been identified in this study as nemesis or poetic justice.  The metaphor of planting and harvesting corruption is applicable to various characters who have actually planted corruption by being corrupt. It follows that they must harvest this same corruption by facing the consequences of corruption and various jail terms are handed to them. The study concludes that Nigerians should do everything possible to eliminate corruption in Nigeria.

Key words: metaphor, bribery, harvest, embezzlement, smuggling, and abuse of office.