Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 2021-10-07T19:19:31+00:00 Managing Editor Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences</strong> is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal that publishes empirical and theoretical research papers in the fields of humanities and social sciences such as anthropology, business studies, communication studies, cultural studies, development studies, economics, education, film studies, geography, history, information science, linguistics, literature, library studies, media studies, philosophy, psychology, sociology, performing arts (music, theatre &amp; dance), religious studies, visual arts, and women studies among others.&nbsp;</p> ‘Scattered Abroad’: The trials of African Migrants in Helon Habila’s travellers 2021-06-29T12:36:16+00:00 Jonas Akung <p>Literary writers at home and in the diaspora have been reacting to the rate at which Africans are leaving the continent for a living in Europe, America and Asian countries. Helon Habila is one of such literary writers who have responded to the migration of Africans from their continent with the publication of <em>Travellers</em>, (2019). This article, therefore, discusses the trials and ordeals of African migrants as portrayed in Habila’s <em>Traveller</em>. As the migrants try to make out the meaning from their broken lives and psyches, they become traumatized and disoriented as a result of the environment they find themselves in.&nbsp;&nbsp; Using Psychoanalysis as its theoretical basis for analysis, the paper revealed that the dehumanization of migrants has left them confused and in a state of dementia; revealing that migration has brought them more trauma than the better life they envisaged. Each of the characters tells their narratives of vicissitudes they have been through.&nbsp; Through technique, Habila presents a detailed view of the trials and ordeals of the migrants. The article also revealed that despondency, forlornness, despair and trauma are the fulcrum of Habila’s novelistic experience in this novel.&nbsp; The article concludes that to curb this exodus, African countries must counter poverty with economic development,&nbsp; as none of the characters in Habila’s <em>Travellers</em> has neither economic nor mental reprieve;&nbsp; all of them live a desultory life.</p> 2021-10-07T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Jonas Akung