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Merit Research Journal of Education and Review (ISSN: 2350-2282) Vol. 8(6) pp. 124-132, June, 2020

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DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3911315


Cyprian Ekwensi’s Burning Grass: Literacy, Ruga and Fulani Herdsmen Migration in Nigeria


Diala Edwin Lionel


Department of Languages and Humanities, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri

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Received: 04 June 2020    I    Accepted: 23 June 2020    I    Published: 28 June 2020    I    Article ID: MRJER-20-027
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This discourse examines the contexts of literary source of Cyprain Ekwensi’s fictional prose – Burning Grass. It explains the lifestyle of the traditional Fulani herdsmen culture. This paper highlights some aspects of nomadic Fulani culture, identity and itinerant and migration nature. The paper examines the aridity of the Sahel and northern regions, advancing desertification and excessive weather conditions which has influenced the migratory movement of the herdsmen struggle, rivalries, challenges and conflicts, occupation, religion and culture .The migration bid of the herdsmen has implications on varieties of language spoken in Nigeria and most especially English language. The paper also shows the effects of migration on language expansion and socio-economic life of the people. The paper is focused specifically on Burning Grass as well as application of current environmental factors for the evaluation of the primary data of the study.

Keywords: Burning Grass, Fictional Prose, Herdsmen, Migration













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