Purple Hibiscus by Adichie: Understanding Nigeria

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  • Topic: Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eid ul-Fitr
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There is more to know about Nigeria than one may understand, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of a fifteen year old girl named Kambili, and her wealthy catholic father who, while generous and political active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home. This causes conflict with Kambili and her brother Jaja, as well as their mother, conflict that leads to mental and physical abuse. When Nigeria begins to fall apart under military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and Jaja to live with their aunt. Life with their aunt is very different than their life at home. Here Kambili experiences a different way of life.

Throughout the story Purple Hibiscus there are several ciltural attributes, such as historical events, Customs/traditions, food, holidays, and games and sports.

First the historical events of Nigeria. To start, Nigeria did experience a major war known as the Nigerian Civil War that affected its citizens all throughout the country. “The Nigerian Civil War unlike other wars across international boundaries was a war of unification, a war of reintegration. It was therefore a much more difficult war for the federal field commanders to prosecute with the objectives of unification in mind than wars fought against aggression on foreign land. The human aspect was paramount. It was contradiction and complication not easy to resolve how to fight causing only limited destruction, how to subdue without fatal and permanent injuries, how to feed and house civilian population without exposing our troops to danger and risk of saboteurs and infiltrators, how to achieve surrender without inflicting permanent or long lasting psychological humiliation.

Secondly, in the book Purple Hibiscus the children Kambili and Jaja are affected by the military and war. Because of the war going on Kambili and Jaja was sent by their father to live with their Aunt. This kept the children from military disturbance. This also unknowingly...
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