The Rape of Hope: Diary of a Wasted Generation
What happens when your virginal dreams are dashed and ruptured against the brick-wall of an amoral, apathetic but exploitative system that cares little for your humanity or citizenship? Liwhu Betiang's The Rape of Hope paints the travails of Uzim Awhobette and his alienated generation of young Nigerian university graduates condemned to creative existence by chronic structural unemployment. The narrative graphically captures just two years of their post-graduation blues in a job market; and what it takes to be gainfully employed in a naturally-blessed Nigerian nation-state;complicated by strangulating cultural pressures of passage rites. The book seems to located the nation's multiple development problems, insurrections and insurgencies in the untapped and often abused armies of youthful energies whose technical and academic training and dreams are aborted in laboratories of imported economic and political panaceas. The zeal - filled youth become tinder boxes for feudalists and self-patronizing elite, which perpetuate a gerontocracy that habitually resents and abuses youthful energies and creativity that should otherwise power the rocket of national transformation.
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