Analyze a Young Leader’s Ideas About Leadership According to Ferdinand Oyono's "Houseboy"
It offers a glimpse into the life of an articulate African, Toundi Onduo, who was at first intoxicated by the offerings of the French, and determined to assimilate into their culture, but later realized the hypocrisy of European culture and despised its rule of his people.
In Oyono's Houseboy, the protagonist, Toundi, dies because of the oppressive neo-colonial system.
We explore how all these are achieved in African novels using and authors relevant to this study.
Moreover, both novels' portrayals of bloodshed and death make them rich for a comparative study of colonial trauma. Cathy Caruth's notion of trauma inspires the use of the term in this essay.
Cajetan N. Iheka. Research in African Literatures Vol. 45, No. 4, On Simon Gikandi's Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Winter 2014), pp. 33-49