Literature, Integration and Harmony in Northern Nigeria

Author: Abdulraheem, Hamzat I.

Publisher: Kwara State University Press

ISBN: 9789785487022

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This book explores from various perspectives how the literature of the northern region of Nigeria has promoted the ideology of integration and societal resurgence. Through the diverse cultural productions from this very heterogenous socio-political region, researchers have dissected the portrayals and characterisations of ideologies which foster harmony among the people who speak a multitude of languages and have an array of cultural practices. These contributions bring to the fore the multiple roles that both indigenous literary productions and those adapted from foreign elements have played in realising social and cultural integration and advancing collective values of the people of Northern Nigeria. This collection of essays is the result of a selection of scholarly contributions to two national conferences on Literature on Northern Nigeria held at the Kwara State University, Malete in 2015 and 2016.
Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Author: Tanure Ojaide

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000053050

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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This handbook provides a critical overview of literature dealing with groups of people or regions that suffer marginalization within Africa. The contributors examine a multiplicity of minority discourses expressed in African literature, including those who are culturally, socially, politically, religiously, economically, and sexually marginalized in literary and artistic creations. Chapters and sections of the book are structured to identify major areas of minority articulation of their condition and strategies deployed against the repression, persecution, oppression, suppression, domination, and tyranny of the majority or dominant group. Bringing together diverse perspectives to give a holistic representation of the African reality, this handbook is an important read for scholars and students of comparative and postcolonial literature and African studies.
Things Fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780385474542

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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“A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.” —Barack Obama “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.” —Toni Morrison Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.
FOUNDATIONS OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION AND WORLDVIEW

Author: Professor Yusufu Turaki

Publisher: Otakada Inc

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

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This book is an introduction to the foundations of African traditional religions and worldview. The theological basis of the traditional belief- in (1) gods, (2) divinities and (3) spirits are examined. These beliefs are defined and interpreted in the light of (1) the traditional religious worldview and (2) with some clarifications from the Biblical and Christian theology. The theological implications of these traditional beliefs and worldview are essential for developing and formulating a relevant Biblical and Christian theology in Africa. The traditional theological, philosophical and moral and ethical foundations and the nature and meaning of man are analysed and examined. RELIGION AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY This chapter defines and interprets the African traditional religious system and worldview. It is divided into four major parts. The first gives a general functional definition of religion; the second defines and interprets the theological foundations of the traditional religious system and worldview; the third defines and interprets the philosophical foundations of the traditional religious system and worldview and the fourth defines and interprets the moral and ethical foundations of the traditional religious system and worldview. One of the major difficulties faced in this study, was the choice of literature. Anyone who is familiar with the amount of literature and the general terrain of the African traditional religions knows that not much has gone beyond the classics of the pioneers. Creative and innovative studies and works have not gone that much beyond the Idowu’s and the Mbiti’s. The comparative, anthropological, phenomenological, historical and the descriptive methods have dominated the scene. The few works on the theological and Biblical methods are in themselves not comprehensive, systematic and coherent. Much of the approach from Biblical theology has remained stunted at the level of perspectives. Such studies do set out to study the traditional religions and cultures from the Biblical Perspectives. The valuable knowledge gained in such studies has yet to be given a serious theological and methodological