Adichie’s Americanah: Remembering Home, Negotiating Identity

Adichie’s Americanah: Remembering Home, Negotiating Identity

Published: JANUARY 2022 Author(s): Charles Cliff Feghabo About Author(s): Department of English/Literary Studies Niger Delta University,  Bayelsa State, Nigeria   Download...

Intertextuality in Political Discourse: A Study of President Mohammadu Buhari’s 2015 Inaugural Speech

Intertextuality in Political Discourse: A Study of President Mohammadu Buhari’s 2015 Inaugural Speech

This study examines the intertextual references in President Mohammadu Buhari’s 2015 presidential inaugural speech. The speech was purposively selected from the online version of The Guardian newspaper because it marked a change of government at the federal level from a ruling political party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to a hitherto opposition party: All Progressives’ Congress (APC). The data was then subjected to a discourse-pragmatic analysis using the theoretic concept of intertextuality. The findings reveal that the President dexterously intermixed political discourse with religious, literary, and historical discourses through manifest intertextuality and interdiscursivity. The study also indicates the President’s positivist, liberalist and religious ideological orientation. The study concludes that all texts are constellation of several other texts which are used to index the text producer’s ideology.

Exclusion Sociale dans La Greve Des Battu d’Aminata  Sow Fall: Une Lecture Sociocritique

Exclusion Sociale dans La Greve Des Battu d’Aminata Sow Fall: Une Lecture Sociocritique

La littérature met en relief certains aspects de la vie sociétale qui méritent une attention adéquate. Nous avons relevé l’aspect de l’exclusion sociale comme étant pertinent car c’est ce que nous vivons au jour le jour. Dans le roman de présente étude, c’est explicitement présenté auprès des personnages des mendiants qui sont traités comme des « sous-hommes », voire fléaux qu’il faut carrément effacer de la société. Cette étude prend donc la problématique de la situation sociale dégradante de l’exclusion menée contre les mendiants comme source d’inspiration. Les derniers sont exclus de la vie municipale faute de la supposition qu’ils n’exercent aucune fonction utile dans la ville. Fall met en lumière les réalités de la société sénégalaise postindépendante, souvent caractérisée par une variété de problèmes sociaux. Basant sur la théorie sociocritique, cette étude condamne l’exclusion sociale en établissant que la dernière ne résout aucun problème, plutôt, le complique. On a pu constater en entier, comme résultats, les fonctions subtiles que les mendiants pourraient exercer dans la société. Donc, nous proposons qu’ils soient plutôt rétablis dans la vie normale digne.

Exploring the Signification of visible face makeup among Nigerian Women

Exploring the Signification of visible face makeup among Nigerian Women

This paper examines visible face make-up women wear in Nigeria. The study aims to highlight the signs of women make-up. This study employs a qualitative research methodology, which include oral interview and observation methods for data collection. Ten women and two make-up artist were used as informant in this paper. The data were analysed using semiotics theory. The study also shows that women wear make-up not only to be beautiful, but to join the moving train and for facial correction. There are specific laws and rules in make-up application that define the appearance code with the use of the make-up functional materials. Foundation goes on the face, mascara on the eyes and lipstick on the lips. All of these make-up functional have their various signs and symbols. Foundation symbolizes glue as it binds the different ingredients; concealer signifies weapon and so on. The observed makeovers that women wear in Nigeria are; gothic, nude, engagement/bridal, editorial, party and permanent. Each of them have their significance, for instance, the gothic make up signifies loudness, and nude signifies softness, and so on. The colours are also very significant in makeovers. The blue colour is a symbol of masculinity, red colour a symbol of power and yellow a symbol of hope. Key words: Semiotics, make-up, signification, code, colours

Media Sensation and Injustice on Domestic Violence and Incest in Motshabi Tyelele’s Shwele Bwawo! (A Grave Injustice)!

Media Sensation and Injustice on Domestic Violence and Incest in Motshabi Tyelele’s Shwele Bwawo! (A Grave Injustice)!

Domestic violence and incest have become a recurring event in the lives of many girls and women in the world. Nigeria as a country, is no exception to these injustices met out on especially the feminine gender. The trend has left many in awe as to what the future holds for the affected female. Media reportage is a method that has presented issues and events to the audience thereby instigating the public to react positively or negatively to information. Reportage form has pushed people to react through backlashing such as: anger, protest and violence. The theory of feminism, which advocates for equality of both sexes is used to explicate the negative effect of media reportage on issues of domestic violence and incest. Motshabi Tyelele is a South African playwright who presents the play in this review as she explored her setting to present injustice of the justice system and media reportage. It is the crux of the matter as this paper intends to view Motshabi Tyelele’s Shwele Bawo! (A Grave Injustice!) in relation to media reportage of injustice on domestic violence and incest. The play advocates for equal treatment of persons irrespective of personality or social status. The play concludes by advocating objective investigative journalism. Key Words: Domestic violence, incest, media, reportage and oppression

Sociocultural Considerations and the Challenges of Literary Translation: The Case of L’Aventure Ambiguë Into The Ambiguous Adventure

Sociocultural Considerations and the Challenges of Literary Translation: The Case of L’Aventure Ambiguë Into The Ambiguous Adventure

L’Aventure ambiguë written by Cheikh Hamidou Kane was translated into English titled The Ambiguous Adventure by Katherine Woods. This translation reveals the importance of sociocultural tendencies in the translation of literary works. The Senegalese society is the plot of this novel and Kane embedded several sociocultural elements in the source language to convey his message. In this paper, based on Nida’s sociolinguistic theory, we analyze the sociocultural considerations and the stakes in the translation of Kane’s The Ambiguous Adventure. The study shows that sociocultural elements can pose problems to the translator in spite of the undeniable quality of her translation. It is evident that Katherine Woods has to deal with different types of proverbs, idioms and metaphors as used by Kane to show her artistic prowess and knowledge of the vast history of the people. Key Words: Translation, sociocultural, literary, sociolinguistic, theory Résumé L'Aventure ambiguë écrit par Cheikh Hamidou Kane a été traduit en anglais intitulé The Ambiguous Adventure par Katherine Woods. Cette traduction révèle l'importance des tendances socioculturelles dans la traduction des œuvres littéraires. La société sénégalaise sert d'intrigue à ce roman et Kane a intégré plusieurs éléments socioculturels de la langue source pour transmettre son message. Dans cet article basé sur la théorie sociolinguistique de Nida, nous analysons les tendances socioculturelles et ces enjeux de la traduction de L'Aventure ambiguë de Kane. L'étude révèle que les éléments socioculturels peuvent poser des problèmes à la traductrice malgré la qualité indéniable de sa traduction. Il est évident que Katherine Woods doit faire face aux enjeux de différents types de proverbes, d'idiomes et de métaphores utilisés par Kane pour montrer ses prouesses artistiques et sa connaissance de la langue et l’histoire du peuple. Mots clés : Traduction, socioculturel, littéraire, sociolinguistique, théorie

Rhetorical Tropes of Nationhood in Nigeria’s Presidential Campaign Speeches

Rhetorical Tropes of Nationhood in Nigeria’s Presidential Campaign Speeches

nationhood, metonymy, personification, rhetoric, decolonial.

“Plandemic” and “Hunger Virus”: A Morpho-pragmatic Study of Coronavirus Related Neologisms

“Plandemic” and “Hunger Virus”: A Morpho-pragmatic Study of Coronavirus Related Neologisms

Neologisms, Coronavirus, context, morphological process, Nigeria