Authors

Ogo A. Ofuani

Abstract

Malaya is the female character, a prostitute, in Okot p'Bitek's lesser known and admired 'Song of Malaya' (in Two Songs).^ It is a dramatic monologue, written in movements, in the pattern of his earlier songs {Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol), and in free verse. The narration is from the point of view of this character who adopts various rhetorical strategies (such as the apostrophe, digressions and repetitions) in the bid to persuade us to adopt her point of view, to inform us, to achieve imaginative consent, and to engage our interests and guide our emotional responses as she addresses us.

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