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Traumatogenic metaphors and religious motifs in Niger Delta ecopoetry

orcid-imageEmmanuel Edafe Erhijodo*email-imageEmmanuel Edafe Erhijodo*

Emmanuel Edafe Erhijodo is a researcher on African ecological spaces at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he also teaches the Use of English. His recent publications include ‘Skies without Birds: Speaking for Nature in Niger Delta Ecopoetry’, Leeds African Studies Bulletin, 84 (2023).

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Abstract

The Niger Delta has been a site of trauma as a result of decades of non-stop environmental pollution. Existing studies have explored the socio-political and economic implications of pollution and its quotidian impact on the lived experiences of the people. This study, however, focuses on ecopoetry as a genre that reflects, and reflects on, the trauma of ecological degradation and the spiritual implications for the Niger Delta. By doing so, it explores traumatogenic metaphors and religious motifs in ecopoetry from the region. This informs the purposive selection of two Niger Delta poetry collections—Tanure Ojaide’s Songs of Myself: Quartet (2015) and Stephen Kekeghe’s Rumbling Sky (2020). The poems are subjected to critical literary analysis, undergirded by Jacob Olupona’s perspective of ecology of religion and Stef Craps’ trauma theory, to examine how the impact of environmental degradation on the mental health and spiritual well-being of the people is poetically addressed. (This article is published in the thematic collection ‘African ecologies: literary, cultural and religious perspectives’, edited by Adriaan van Klinken, Simon Manda, Damaris Parsitau and Abel Ugba.)

Keywords

Niger Deltatraumatogenic metaphorsecopoetryecology of religionreligious motifs
Published on: 22 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: Issue 1 & 2
Article ID: a17
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Erhijodo, (2024), ' Traumatogenic metaphors and religious motifs in Niger Delta ecopoetry ', Journal of the British Academy, 12(Issue 1 & 2): a17 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/012.a17

Thematic article

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Traumatogenic metaphors and religious motifs in Niger Delta ecopoetry

orcid-imageEmmanuel Edafe Erhijodo*email-imageEmmanuel Edafe Erhijodo*

Emmanuel Edafe Erhijodo is a researcher on African ecological spaces at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he also teaches the Use of English. His recent publications include ‘Skies without Birds: Speaking for Nature in Niger Delta Ecopoetry’, Leeds African Studies Bulletin, 84 (2023).

email-image edaferhi@gmail.com