A GIANT WITHOUT GALLANTRY: A RHETORICAL-BIBLICAL DEPICTION OF NIGERIA AS THE GIANT OF AFRICA

Abstract

Using the socio-rhetorical method, this study aimed at pointing out that Nigeria is a giant without gallantry. Drawing inference from Africa literary scholars like Chinua Achebe and playwrights like Ahmed Yerima and Wole Soyinka, the paper argued that Nigeria is very rich in planning and very victorious in speech making but very weak in implementations. The paper showed that a giant without gallantry is a depiction of Nigeria as a giant of Africa in terms of population, rhetorical economic growth, land space and potentials not in terms of infrastructural developments. Moreover, using the story of Goliath and David in 1 Samuel 17:1-58 as a biblical depiction of Nigeria as a giant without gallantry, the study has also showed that Nigeria is a giant in terms of quantity not quality. Although, Goliath was said to be bigger than David, the reality of the result showed that David made more concrete success than Goliath. This depiction of David and Goliath in the context of Nigeria juxtaposed Nigeria with other African countries like Ethiopia, South Africa, etc. The work concluded on the presupposition that Nigeria will indeed become giant of Africa when she is more developed in infrastructures, education and technology than other African countries.

Keywords: African, Gallantry, Giant, Nigeria


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