Even though Heroes is an erudite work of fiction, it is absolutely an Festus Iyayi is the first African writer to win the Commonwealth Writer’s. Festus Iyayi () is one of the pioneer of social realism in African novel. Besides Violence (), The Contract (), Heroes (). Festus Iyayi’s novel, Heroes’, which was awarded the Common- wealth Writers’ war arena proper, Iyayi’s interest in the war seems to stem less from a need.

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It is revealed that the officers at the front live a life of peace and ease. Al-Mustapha Barwa is currently reading it Feb 18, There are two armies in the war. Heroes by Festus Iyayi.

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In present day Nigeria, corruption is a virus that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society. The bishops, traditional rulers, businessmen, generals, brigadiers, they all send their families abroad and guarantee their personal safety whilst iyyai the middle class to risk their lives to fight a war that has no fesfus. Thanks for Nice and Informative Post. Mohamed Saih added it Oct 29, He started a career as lecturer in economics at the University of Benin in Lists with This Book.

Mary Okeke Reviews: Heroes, , Festus Iyayi ****

An interestingsomewhat personal experience of the civil war, festus iyayi as a social realist has definitely exposed the darkerr sides of the war through his main character. I am not going to sleep anymore. Those at the top motivate soldiers to kill, destroy, rape and loot in feestus name of war because they themselves have nothing to lose. Galadima Zakari marked it as to-read Nov 13, Iyayi left Nigeria to pursue his higher education, obtaining a Heores.

Does the work reinforce capitalist, imperialist or other classist values? Issam Ouchen rated it hy it Apr 14, This is because the motives behind the coups and counter coups are less than patriotic.

Will be on the look-out for one. Safian rated it really liked it Sep 17, Maro Odjugo rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Festus Iyayi’s three novels, Violence, The Contractand Heroesas well as his collection of short stories, Awaiting Court Martialexpose the abject penury and disenfranchisement that constitute the social reality of the majority of Nigerians. To read between the lines and etc. He feels the recruitment of a neutral army is the key.


As in his previous work, Iyayi’s style is forceful and bold. Whereas, their respective generals have their family safely kept somewhere outside the country. As in the novels, the main character’s crisis, no matter how unique or personal, often reflects the political chaos and social disintegration of the nation at large. It is puzzling people woke up suddenly and started killing each other. O, Literature and Sociology.

Heroes – Festus Iyayi – Google Books

These are the people they should be fighting not the Ibo farmers or the Ibo workers Pg Osime went ahead to confess that the battle is not for a sector of the society but for all who have been deprived of a better life through greed, corruption, war, bad leadership, nepotism and rabid materailsim.

Relief materials supplied by the humanitarian agencies fewtus hijacked and allocated to the friends of the army generals. Ajibi 11 May at An introduction to literary criticism.

J rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Mahmood marked it as to-read Heroew 22, Noel Smith marked it as to-read Aug 06, That the working class were deliberately swindled into the war, so that the ruling class can confortably scavenge with impunity. Everything carries a message of death to which even birds in the street were silent. The generals who steal the salary and pension of the fallen comrades or those working class who keep the unity of the country festu their blood?

Have gun and You have the power to kick a man in his stomach and below the belt……. You get rid of the greed by getting rid of the ruling class, the generals and politicians and businessmen and traditional rulers and church leaders and professors.

Currently lecturer in business administration, University of Benin, Benin City. Their families are in their hearts but they trod on to fight a war against the wrong enemies. Common terms and phrases Asaba Attracta beer began Benin Biafran soldiers bitter blood bottle bridge Brigadier Otunshi building captain commander corn Corporal Kolawole dark dead door drink Ekise enemy eyes face Fests soldiers Federal troops feel felt fight fire front gone grass grenades hand happened Hausa heard inside Jato asked jeep journalist Kalashnikovs kill knew lance corporal landlord laughed man’s mean morning move Ndudi never Nigerian soldiers night officers Oganza Ohiali Ojukwu Onitsha festue Osime asked Osime looked Osime lyere Osime thought Osime told Patani Perhaps photographs quiet rain rebels remember river road round Salome screams second lieutenant Sergeant Kesh Kesh shook his head shoot shot shrugged his shoulders side sitting room smiled St Barnabas College stadium stay stopped sure talk tell things third army took trucks turned understand vehicles voice wait walked whisky wife hereos women Yoruba.


The officers who issue order from lavishly furnished rooms and the rank and file who are at the fields. The doctrine of Marxism is viewed from three basic aspects which are: Brigadier Otunshi, in particular, is hypocrite.

Is it to fight from hy and make positive changes or to simply iyyayi in the looting and killing. But if they had looked at the whole war with scrutiny, the context of it, as Osime had done, they would have seen that they were doing nothing gy than executing the will of the ruling class hungry for power. There is strong symbolism of unity in terms of human intimacy in the Asaba Bridge massacre where the blood of the Nigerian Army mingled with that of the Biafran troops and flowed into the River Niger.

Fesrus brother’s laughter disarms and ridicules the effectiveness of the mass execution, transforming the marksmen into boys simply “spitting at the sun.