Representation of the Big Man Typology in The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

Authors

  • Bichang’a Sospeter Okero Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, Kisii University, Kenya
  • George Nyandoro Obara Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, Kisii University, Kenya
  • Charles Kebaya Department of Linguistics and Languages, Machakos University, Kenya

Abstract

This article interrogates the figurative representation of the Big Man typology in the film The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin. Using textual analysis, the paper examines how the film director grapples with the reproduction and portrayal of the Big Man within the African context. The article establishes that there are several figurative ways in which the Big Man is depicted in the film such as through the use of metaphor, metonymy and heteroglossia. The paper also established that Big Man’s mannerisms are not only pervasive but also replicated in his cronies. The article contends that the Big Man syndrome is a teething problem afflicting governance in African countries.

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2019-10-22

How to Cite

Okero, B. S., Obara, G. N., & Kebaya, C. (2019). Representation of the Big Man Typology in The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin. Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(4), 40-56. Retrieved from https://www.royalliteglobal.com/njhs/article/view/387

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