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Section A

No2
Faceless begins in a slum cynically christened Sodom and Gomorrah with 14-year-old Fofo narrowly escaping rape by Poison, a Street Lord and local thug. She flees to her friend Odarley where we learn that Poison controls even the shared toilets and that Fofo is constipated because all she’s had to eat is bread. The scene then shifts abruptly to the middle-class life of Kabria, a good-hearted researcher for MUTE, an NGO which is a repository for alternate stories not found in books. Kabria is harassed by her demanding children and a bone-idle husband who expects his wife to wait on him even though she is in full time work as well. (Gender relations has been a theme in many of the recent African novels I’ve read).

When Kabria and Fofo cross paths, the young girl’s back story is gradually revealed. Like her older sister Baby T., she is cast out to fend for herself by her feckless mother Maa Tsuro, and like Baby T. she becomes a prostitute. Baby T. was found brutally murdered in the marketplace in another Accra slum called Agbogbloshie, and would have become just another forgotten casualty of slum life were it not for Kabria and her friend Dina at MUTE. They enlist the help of Sylv from a community radio station, and together they confront the shocking truth about Baby T.’s short life.

(4)
We all know how painful it is to part with
something of huge value. Waking up one calm
morning to realise that one’s lovely kitten or
cat is dead; leaves the heart with some
particles of sorrow not to mention the death of
a loved one.
The sorrow and loneliness that come with
bereavement is found paramount in the novel
“Lonely Days” by Bayo Adebowale. A novel
that discussed widowhood and it associated
plights within African society (Nigeria as a case
study). Yaremi among other widows suffered
humiliation, intimidation and loneliness after
the lost of her husband, Ajumobi.
With the help of a well chosen narrative styles;
Bayo Adebowale drove his message into the
heart of the readers. The author embraced
such elements as climactic plot, dialect,
omniscient narration, flashback, songs and
poetry.
(i) Climactic Plot: The events in Lonely Days
flowed from beginning to end. It started with
Yaremi lost her husband (Ajumobi) the widows’
humiliation followed then came the attempt of
forceful second marriage to the final treat of the
village elders to chase Yaremi out of Kufi village
for violating the village’s traditional widowhood
injunction.
(ii) Dialect: The Yoruba dialect is found at
many unexpected lines of the novel’s narration.
Few examples are iloro, amala, kijipa, arere,
owurubutu, Sokoti, hua-hua-hua, ipele,
labankada, Ayan-Agalu, etc. The purpose is to
support the main setting of the novel which is
Kufi (a symbolism for African cultural society).
(iii) Omniscient Narration: Bayo Adebowale
placed narration of Lonely Days in the mouth of
an unknown entity, such entity saw the in and
out of all events_ both physical and those
happening in the minds of characters. The
narrator saw when the shooting stars fell of the
sky and also saw Woye making decorations off
the village junks.
(iv) Flashback: This is a technique of bringing
past events into the present. It mostly adds
beauty and information to any story. Deyo told
Alani how Ajumobi and himself used to hoot at
each other in their various farms; in
preparedness to go home. Woye also got to
know about Yaremi’s childhood experience
through the writer’s use of flashback.
(v) Songs and Poetry: These other genres of
literature are employed into the plot of Lonely
Days. There are many instances of song in the
novel. At a point, Radeke sang a traditional
widow’s song:
“If heaven was like going to the market in the
morning
And returning home in the evening
I would have followed my husband
And run errands for him…”
(6)
From the conversation between Bigger Thomas
and Gusiffer at the entrance of the pool room, i
learned about black life as being that of
depressive, intolerable and suppresive. In
Chicago 1930 Black Americans dominated its
territory under which premises they aboard are
aimed by the white themselves.There is total
amount of discriminatory act from the white
people towards the black. Gussifer being a
white man and Bigger Thomas being a black
man are best of friends.Their relationship
sometimes dwells into trouble wherever they
experience bitter quarrel between themselves.
Each time they quarrel races chants and
discriminatory statement are proclaimed. From
the pool room there was a huge blast between
them regarding the secrets plotting of robbing a
white man’s wealth. The plan to rob a
whiteman’s wealth was propounded by Bigger
Thomas and ignored by Gussifer. Gussifer snub
the plan to rob the whiteman’s wealth which
was idealised by by Bigger Thomas. Gussifer
doesn’t agree and Bigger had to beat him up
terrorizes him and make racial comments
towards him.He claimed that Gussifer snub the
plan simply because of the fact that he is a
white man.(6)
From the conversation between Bigger Thomas
and Gusiffer at the entrance of the pool room, i
learned about black life as being that of
depressive, intolerable and suppresive. In
Chicago 1930 Black Americans dominated its
territory under which premises they aboard are
aimed by the white themselves.There is total
amount of discriminatory act from the white
people towards the black. Gussifer being a
white man and Bigger Thomas being a black
man are best of friends.Their relationship
sometimes dwells into trouble wherever they
experience bitter quarrel between themselves.
Each time they quarrel races chants and
discriminatory statement are proclaimed. From
the pool room there was a huge blast between
them regarding the secrets plotting of robbing a
white man’s wealth. The plan to rob a
whiteman’s wealth was propounded by Bigger
Thomas and ignored by Gussifer. Gussifer snub
the plan to rob the whiteman’s wealth which
was idealised by by Bigger Thomas. Gussifer
doesn’t agree and Bigger had to beat him up
terrorizes him and make racial comments
towards him.He claimed that Gussifer snub the
plan simply because of the fact that he is a
white man.

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Updated: April 5, 2018 — 10:52 am

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