Ali Mazrui’s The Trial of Christopher Okigbo

Dr. Ali Mazrui, Kenyan born economist and scholar has written one work of science fiction titled, The Trial of Christopher Okigbo. In this 1971 work Mazrui makes use of a thematic device used throughout his writings, both fiction and non-fiction, that he labels ‘the triple heritage” of Africa, those faith traditions that have the strongest influence on the continent; i.e. Christianity, Islam, and the indigenous African/animist systems. Set in the African Afterworld this utopian novel recounts a trial that takes place in heaven concerning major moral issues of loyalty, love, life and death as they relate to the Nigeria/Biafra War of 1967-1970.

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