DIAMONDS ARE BETTER THAN GOLD: Critical Essays on African Literature



  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Corruption as a Repellant of Democracy: Chinua Achebe as the Conscience of the Nigerian Nation
  • Chapter Two: Beyond the Igbo Cosmos: Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as a Cross-Cultural Novel
  • Chapter Three: Literature and Revolution: A Study of Sembene Ousmane’s God’s Bits of Wood
  • Chapter Four: The Conflict of the West and the Centre in Chukwuemeka Ike’s The Bottled Leopard
  • Chapter Five: The Relevance of Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o to the African Renaissance
  • Chapter Six: Gender as a Sign-Post to Identity: Feminist Impulse in Lucy Dlamini’s The Amaryllis and Sembene Ousmane’s God ‘s Bits of Wood
  • Chapter Seven: Things Fall Apart across Cultures: the Universal Significance of Chinua Achebe’s 1958 Reconstruction of the African Heritage



Diamonds are Better than Gold is a collection of crucial critical essays in African Literature. The essays were presented in various and diverse academic conferences in reputable universities across the globe. Creative works by renowned African scholars are explored with a view to broadening their understanding and appreciation. Critical positions adopted by some of the scholars are commented on in order to provide the reader with a quick grasp of the issues being discussed. In the final analysis, these critical essays present readers with a clear and enduring knowledge of the subject matter. The Collection is meant to facilitate and enrich the evolving and dynamic discourse on African Literature, Culture and Civilization. It is hoped that more of such critical intellectual arguments will help to end myopic Eurocentric views on African Literature, especially those that question the validity or authenticity of this rich and diverse body of literature.

This is the initial volume of the collection and it critically analyses creative literary masterpieces by Africanist scholars in the African Continent. There is a follow :up second volume which explores selected veritable works of African and African scholars in the Diaspora. I am greatly indebted and thankful to my teachers and colleagues at all levels of my training for pointing the way forward for these two volumes to be conceived and produced. May the Lord GOD of all Creation bless and imbue them with unending wisdom and knowledge to accelerate similar present and future discourses, Amen!

Francis Ibe Mogu,
University of Calabar,
Calabar — Nigeria,
May 2015.

Prof. Francis Mogu

Professor Francis Mogu is a highly experienced and exposed scholar who has done extensive research in:

1. African Literature (Colonial, Postcolonial to the Present)
2. African-American Literature in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries
3. Gender / Women’s Studies (Black Feminist Criticism)
4. Caribbean Literature (C18th to C20th)
5. English Literature (Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration to the Twentieth Century)
6. Critical Theory (From Plato to Contemporary Times)

To his credit are Text books, Journal Articles, Modules Writing, Book Chapters and Conference Papers. Many of which are open access in this knowledgebase. He has edited and published several refereed Journals including Annals of Humanities and Development Studies, Beijing, China: Universal Academic Services, 2010.

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