Postcolonial Disillusionment:

A Historicist Reading of Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People




Indigenous women, sexual assault, resistance, bodily presence, still activism


The primary purpose of Chinua Achebe’s writing was to help the Nigerian people retrieve what they lost due to years of colonial exploitation. To construct a sense of dignity for African communities and nations, that educative purpose inspired him to reexamine social, political, economic, and historical realities of Africa. That concern obviously worked as a stimulus behind the production of A Man of the People in which Achebe pictured the failure of postcolonial leadership in a fictional country which in many ways coincided with post-independence Nigeria. The incident of the military coup at the end of the novel due to the failure of political leadership prophetically coincided with a similar incident in Nigeria only six years after its independence. This was mostly because of the politicians’ indulgence in euphoria and self-interest. Due to the lack of a vantage political vision, the country experienced a disastrous collapse of economic, moral, and social values. National consciousness went through a vulnerability in the face of rival tribal consciousness in a multi-ethnic state. In A Man of the People Achebe explores how the so-called man of the people fails to uphold the public interest for his indulgence in sexual motives and private politics. This paper seeks to approach Achebe’s A Man of the People from a historicist perspective and examines how the author depicts the disillusionment of a postcolonial nation




How to Cite

Hossain, E. (2021). Postcolonial Disillusionment:: A Historicist Reading of Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People. Crossings: A Journal of English Studies, 12, 59–67.