AESTHETICES OF RESISTANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY: TANURE OJAIDE AND THE NIGER DELTA QUESTION
By Uzoechi Nwagbara
The paper endeavours to establish the centrality of ecocriticism in the poetry of Tanure Ojaide. It will be argued in this paper that Ojaide’s poetry negates ecological imperialism, a capitalist practice that destroys the periphery’s natural world. In Ojaide’s poetics, there is an illustration of the nature and strategies he employs to actualise resistance literature – essentially premised on ecocritical literature. Ecocritical literature or ecocriticism is a form of literary criticism that considers the nature of the relationship existing between literature and the natural environment. Ojaide’s raison d'être for this artistic preoccupation is simple: the environmental and ecological predation in the Niger delta region of Nigeria, which is his native country. Therefore, since Ojaide’s poetics intersects with the realities of ecological imperialism, it is thus a dependable barometer to gauge Nigeria’s environmental/ecological dissonance for sustainable development.