Leaving Nigeria: Ike Oguine, Sefi Atta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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


This chapter analyses the process of migration as depicted in Ike Oguine’s A Squatter’s Tale (2000) and in short stories by Sefi Atta and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Oguine’s novel is a prototypical novel of migration that deals with its protagonist’s movement from Nigeria to the United States and his process of adaptation. It is concerned with the leaving of Nigeria, the arrival in a new country, the coming to terms with the cultural differences encountered there, and the re-evaluation of one’s expectations. Several of Atta’s and Adichie’s short stories share these concerns but differ by including the option of a return to Nigeria. Thus, they reflect the back-and-forth movements that distinguish the forms of migration depicted in Nigerian diaspora literature more generally.


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  • Maximilian Feldner
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  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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