Political Corruption and Disillusionment as Motifs in Maik Nwosu’s Alpha Song and Invisible Chapters

Cornel Onyemauche Ujowundu, Sylvanus S.C Onyeachulam, Amaka Mariagorathy Uhunmwunwa


Our contemporary society is still grappling with endemic problems that seem to overwhelm efforts geared towards transformation and ushering in egalitarianism. The society is still confronted with teething problems of the government, and political leaders striving to build new structures that will enhance the wellbeing of the citizenry. But unfortunately, intrigues, class consciousness, hypocrisy, corruption and leadership-induced poverty and suffering, engendered an unstable political system and restiveness among the people. This paper, therefore, explores the writer’s advocacy for the welfare of the citizenry, good leadership, integrity, good governance, democracy, quest for honesty in handling government projects and call for elimination of tribalism, military dictatorship, insecurity, in Alpha Song and Invisible Chapters. The novels are compendiums of an individual’s efforts aimed at evaluating his society and the reactionary forces that undermine society’s progress towards even development at both material and human levels.

Full Text:



Achebe, Chinua. Morning Yet on Creation Day. London: Heinemann Publishers, 1975

Amuta, Chidi. Towards a Sociology of the African Novel. Oguta: Zim Pan-African Publishers, 1986

Chuma-Udeh, Ngozi. Trends and Issues in Nigerian Literature, vol. 1. Nkpor: Base 5 Press Ltd., 2007

Isichei, Elizabeth. “The Artist as Critic of Society.” In History of West Africa Since 1800. Ibadan: Macmillan Education Ltd., 1977

Nwosu, Maik. Invisible Chapters. Ibadan: Literamed, 1993.

--- Alpha Song. India: McGraw Hills, 2006.

Nnolim, Charles. “The Artist in Search of the Right Leadership: Achebe as a Social Critic.” In Eagle on Iroko. Ibadan: Heinemann Educational Publishers Ltd., 1996

Unamma, A.O. “Democracy, Nigerian Youths and Their Hope in the 21st Century.” Journal of Nigerian Government and Politics. Imo State University, vol. 2, no. 1, March 2006


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 Cornel Onyemauche Ujowundu, Sylvanus S.C Onyeachulam, Amaka Mariagorathy Uhunmwunwa