The Prison of 1990s Nigeria: Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel (2002)

  • Maximilian Feldner
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel (2002) presents a portrayal of Nigeria under the military dictatorships of the 1990s. This chapter analyses the way this elaborately structured narrative, which can be described both as a novel and as a short story cycle, depicts Nigeria as a prison for its protagonist Lomba that can only be escaped by leaving the country. The novel also includes a strong metareferential component, examining the theme of journalistic and literary writing as modes of resistance and political activism.


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  • Maximilian Feldner
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  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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