Decadence in post colonial ghanaian society as reflected in ayi kwei armahs fragments
“Neo-colonialism is also the worst form of imperialism. For those who practice it, it means power without responsibility and for those who suffer from it, it means exploitation without redress.”
– Kwame Nkrumah (Neo-colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism)
This paper aims to explore various factors responsible for causing decadence in the post-colonial Ghanaian society and its impact on it as reflected in Ayi Kwei Armah’s second novel, Fragments (1970). As like most of the post-colonial countries, Ghana has not achieved complete decolonization after independence mainly due to Euro-American dominance and corrupt native elites. The independence achieved after hard and long fought struggle, proved futile just within a decade for common citizens and even worsened their condition. Severity of their major problems like- poverty, enslavement, materialism, corruption, loss of values and alienation became more severe. The daily life of common citizens became extremely miserable and pathetic due to the decadent atmosphere in the country. It is also an attempt to study some possible ways of eradicating decadence proposed in the select novel.
Key words: Post-colonial, neo-colonialism, decadence, dominance, exploitation, corruption, resistance