The Theme of Corruption in Zulu Sofolas the Wizards of Law and Chris Egharevbas the Labourers Blood

The Theme of Corruption in Zulu Sofolas the Wizards of Law and Chris Egharevbas the Labourers Blood

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This research work centres on the Theme of corruption in Zulu Sofola’s The Wizard of Law and Chris Egharevba’s The Labourers Blood. the study mirrows corruption in the political, social, Judicial and Economic sectors of the society. Also, it criticizes and exposes the inherent evil practices of the political leaders, lawyers and the Judicial system, civil service, bureaucratic and business sectors. It uses the work of Zulu Sofola’s The Wzard of Law and Chris Egharevba’s The Labourer’s Blood to expose the evil practices of cheating’ exploitation, bribery, stealing by trick (419), deceit, lies, frauld, embezzlement of public  funds, deprivation, suppression and oppression of the less privilege in the society.


It further supports that corruption is a canker worm that has eaten into the fabric of our society at all levels…The first chapter of the research discusses the general introduction of the project, background of the study, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, significance of the study and delimitation of the study. The second chapter concentrates on the review of related literature, here, concept of corruption and the social criticism on corruption in the society.

The third chapter centres on the profile of Zulu Sofola’s, Analysis of the theme of corruption in The Wizard of Law, characterization and Analysis of language usage on the profile of Chris Egharevba, analysis of the theme of Corruption in The Labourer’s Blood, characterization, Dramatic Techniques and style in The Labourer’s Blood, while the fifth chapter discuses the summary, conclusions and recommendations of the research.               




Background to the Study

Banfial say that corruption is endemic in all government, and that it is not peculiar to any continent. Religion and ethnic group. It cuts across faiths, religious, denominations, bureaucracy, private organizations and political systems. Thus, affect young and old, man and woman alike.

Corruption is found in democratic and dictatorial politics, feudal, capitalist and socialist economics. Christians, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist cultures are equally bedeviled by  corruption. Lipset Seymour and Lenz, Gabriel further say that the magnitude of corruption is not equal in every society, some countries are more corrupt than other!

As George orwell notes in his widely read book, Animal Farm: “All animals are more equal than other” Dike Victor. Due to incident of corruption, exploitation becomes the order of the day. The employers exploit their employees to get richer while their labourers remain poorer to serve them forever. Corruption makes leaders in position of authority who are supposed to look after the wellbeing of the down trodden to suppress, oppress affect and cheat the followers.

It is indeed very difficult to determine the nature of the educational programme being carried out all levels of education due to corruption and other social vices.

Moreso, the court of law which serves as the last hope of the common man has been highly corrupt to pervert the course of justice against the poor. The leaders in position of authority who pretend to be the burdens of the masses or labourers only end up exposing them to their corrupt activities. They also abandon them in their abject poverty and penury. The use their corrupt money and power to frustrate and to oppress those who oppose them. The economic sector has virtually nothing to write home about as leaders with financial and political powers use their stolen  public money to encourage prostitution.


The frame false accusations, subdue the right of the less privileged and sponsor kidnapping of their opponents. Due to corruption in economic sector, people die and suffer ill-health. These vices in the society motivate the literary writers to take it as a big challenge to expose all these happenings using the only peaceful and effective tool, called literature.


The Theme of Corruption in Zulu Sofolas the Wizards of Law and Chris Egharevbas the Labourers Blood

The Wizard of law presents the Nigerian society in it naked state.

Sikira’s imprudent consideration of Ramoni converts into a positive mode as he becomes ‘the best husband in the world? Ramoni’s declaration that he obtained the clothing illicitly from Rafiu doesn’t raise any smoralist antenna in Sikira as she becomes an active collaborator to deter Rafiu from reclaiming his possession.


However, Sikira’s character raises questions about the moral fiber of Nigerian wives interpretation of support for one’s spouse in the face of crime and the proper implication of that statement.

The wizard of law focuses on the never ending succession of fraudulent schemes and corruption in the Nigerian society. Through the character of the protagonist, Ramoni Alao, the writer vents critical angst at corrupt lawyers in a covetous society manipulating a negligent judicial system.

Akpan’s Victory at end of the play suggests that the poor man who wizens up to the system can beat it at its own game.


The Labourer’s blood portrays the struggle of the poor class of people in the society to rise above oppression, exploitation, discrimination and cheating by the rich class in Nigerian society. The poor class is represented by Odia who pays the prize to librate the poor workers from the rich class exploitation, discrimination, cheating and oppression of the down trodden in the society.

Chief Obazee represents the rich class, the bourgoeise and people in position of affluence who exploit, cheat and deny the poor workers entitlement to enrich themselves. Chief Obazee exploits, oppresses, maltreats and cheats his workers. He rub them of their basic salary, promotion and in crement, denial of leave grant and poor medical attention of the workers.


The Chief refused to grant to resuscitate and restore his sight. When the worker’s union led by Odia demonstrated against his exploitation, oppression, deprivation, dehumanation, cheating and affliction of the workers. Chief Obazee offered bribe of N 50,000 to Odia to stop leading the workers union against him.

However, Odia, who is a human right activist reject the bribe offered. This led to a seriouos  crisis between the workers and Chief Obazee.


Because of the workers  strike led by Odia, Chief Obazee intimidated and wanted to rape Odia’s wife Iyobosa whom he has been asking out for sexual fun. This also made Odia to threaten Chief Obazee with a machete which made him to slum and became ill and needed blood to resuscitate him. Odia accepts to donate his blood to save chief Obazee who personifies exploitation, oppression, elimination, criminality and violence. Odia donates his blood to teach us how to be human and sacrificed his life at the alter of humanism.

Therefore, the problem of corruption in Sofola’s The wizard of   law and Egherevba’s The Labourere’s blood motivate my investigation of the theme of corruption.


1.2   Statement of the problem

One of the outstanding problems in Zulu Sofola’s The wizard of law and Chris Egharevba’s The labourer’s blood is corruption.


The literary texts mirror various corrupt practices such as exploitation, the use of Nigerian, scams or what is known in Nigerian parlance as ‘419’ to rub or steal from people. The texts also portray cheating and injustice in the judiciary system, business sectors and political sectors.

The texts further shown other corrupt practices such as deprivation of the right of the less privilege citizens in the society. Fraud and embezzlement of public funds by people in positions of authority.


1.4               Objectives of the Study

The objectives of this research are,

i        to critically analysis the theme of corruption in Zulu Sofola’s The Wizard of Law and chris Eghareba’s The Labourer’ Blood;

ii        to expose and correct the corrupt practice and other social vices which are inherent in the society;

iii       to bring to bear the effects of corruption in educational, political and economic growth of a society and.

iv       to lay a very good reading foundation to the students and other lovers of education so that they could imbibe good  moral standard.


The Theme of Corruption in Zulu Sofolas the Wizards of Law and Chris Egharevbas the Labourers Blood

1.5     Significance of the Study

This study will outstanding be significant to the literary students government, the society and scholars others in their quest to finding solution to the issue of corruption in the society.


1.6     Delimitation

This work is focused on the theme of corruption as prevalent in our socio-political and economic culture as expressed in the texts. Zulu Sofola’s The Wizard of Law and Chris Egharaba’s The Labourer’s Blood.




2.1       The Concept of Corruption

Specifically, corruption or “corrupt” “behaviour” involves the violation of established rules for personal gain and profit” Lipset segmour  and Lenz Gabriel sees corruption as effects to secure wealth or power through illegal means either private gain at public expense  or as a misappropriation of public funds.

In addition, corruption is a behaviour which violate rules against the exercises of certain types of duties for private gains.


It also includes such behaviour as bribery (use of a reward to pervert the relationship rather than merit), and misappropriation of public resources or illegal appropriation of public resources from private uses.

Osoba Alafin adds that corruption is anti-social behaviour conferring improper benefits contrary to legal and moral norms which undermines the authorities to improve the living conditions of the people.

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