Abstract

This work is an attempt at showcasing how Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel exposes some of the vita themes in the Nigerian society as at the time it the novel was written during the military rule. Habila’s work which was published at 2001, like all other literary works reveals the ill and vices of our society in a bid to ridicule the society so as to serves as a check on the human community. The work has five chapters. Chapter one deals with the general introduction of the work thereby giving a vivid background to the work in other to have a clearer knowledge and view of the novel in question. This is to help foster the understanding of the reader and prepare his/her mind for a full comprehension of this research work. While in chapter two, full attention is given to the literary review of this work. Though Halon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel is not a new novel, but it can be seen that not too many research have been carried out on it from its time of publication till date. But in other to help to know some areas in which other critics/researchers have contributed to the novel, some of these contributions are given attention to in this chapter. Chapter three on the other hand explores a detailed background of the author, Halon Habila, and how his background help influences his act of fictionalization (weaving stories together to form a novel) as is seen in the Waiting for an Angel. Also, this chapter gives a brief summary of Habila’s Waiting for an Angel thereby summarizing it from the end of the novel to its start. And finally, this chapter gives a brief historical background to the novel. Chapter four which is termed to be the central or body of this research just as the topic is entitled ‘Themes in Halon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel: A reflection of post- colonial Nigeria under military rule’ explores some of the vital themes which Habila has treated in Waiting for an Angel, and in relation to the events of its time. Here, such themes as: The terror of Nigeria military regime, corruption and poverty in military dictatorship, military’s suppression of human rights, and necessity of action shall be explored in this chapter. And finally, in chapter five, a summary of the work will be given. This summary will be based on chapter one to four, and thereby drawing a conclusion at the end.

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