[Contemporary Yoruba Literature]

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Irele, Dr. Abiola, Yoruba Literature and Drama (Ife Univ., Nigeria)


Abiola Irele

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Dr. Abiola Irele gives presentation on contemporary Yoruba literature. In his presentation, he explains how African traditional way of life has remained despite European influence. He also discusses how contemporary writing movement is connected to traditional literature. A question and answer session follows.

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00:00:05 Audio begins with an unidentified male talking about African Studies at the University of Egypt and introduces Dr. Abiola Irele.

00:02:24 Dr. Abiola Irele thanks those in attendance and talks about Yoruba.

00:04:03 Talks about how despite the influence of Western culture into Africa and modernization of African culture, the traditional way of life and values remain largely untouched and Western European influence on culture has been marginal.

00:11:33 Talks about translating of the bible into Yoruba language and translating English concepts into Yoruba language.

00:20:03 Dr. Henry Mitchell interrupts and talks about novel “Palm Wine Drinkard” by Amos Tutuola.

00:20:23 Dr. Abiola talks about what is behind “Palm Wine Drinkard” novel.

00:26:27 Talks about the developments in novels and how younger writers miss the point.

00:34:40 Talks about Ladipo and his important play about King Oba Kosa.

00:42:49 Talks about the contemporary writing movement and how it is connected to the traditional literature.

00:44:04 Question and Answers.

01:48:12 Concludes questions and answers.

01:48:32 Audio ends.


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