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The Issue of Political Corruption In Kola Eke’s Kleptocracy

 MODERN AFRICAN POETRY is a  course on its own for literature students in higher education. It is a study based on current write up in line with the trend of the present era.

In this article, we take a look at Kola Eke’s June 12 in order to review the issue of political corruption in the poem kleptocracy.

Corruption in the political hemisphere is not a new issue. It is a major problem that West Africa has been faced with since her countries gained independence from their colonial masters.
In the poem “Kleptocracy” by Kola Eke, the theme of political corruption is explored. We see our leaders corrupt in every being, like an elephant causing havoc, wrecking the nation’s economy, earning the continent a permanent potion as the most underdeveloped in the world.

“Kleptocracy” is a coined term, a combination of ‘klepto’ meaning stealing or thieving and ‘cracy’ meaning a system of government. This apparently should give us; a system of government where thieve are rulers.

“With the aid
Of his tusk”

With the aid of the power in their possession, the financial power, the political power etc. these leaders have “Vandalized national treasury” with these “tusk” of theirs. Looting the nation’s purse, becomes the major assignment of these filthy politicians. They neglect the people, the innocent masses and fill their personal purses. These corrupt leaders

“Siphoned billions of

They loot the treasury, carting away with monies that were meant to be used in setting the nation on the right path. These billions siphoned, they use to erect private monumental architectures, classy schools, ultra marts and many more, while the original owners of the monies are wallowing in destitution, struggling to survive phases of recession. These thieving policies have

“Plundered the country’s
“Chewed up the
Country’s copper”

This just goes to show the height of corruption at play in the country. These elephant leaders are not just corrupt thieves but wicked ones, that do not just stop at stealing what the country has stored in her barns but go further to destroy the field that produced the bountiful harvest.
According to the poet, this system of kleptocracy has to come to an end and to do that,

“Leaders must take oaths
Of death and misfortune”



Content credit: Ejiro Omokri

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