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Obama-Mentum is a collection of poems that respond to the emergence in 2008 of Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States. From Obama’s declaration at the Old Capitol in Springfield to contest to his historic inauguration as President, this anthology captures people’s experiences and emotions in words, rhythm, and performance. Poets from around the world and some debut poets express their aspirations and expectations in a transformational presidency. 63 poems are included.

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Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Kraft Books (October 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9789183615
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Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah’s Ilorin ó is a unique collection of praise poems in English, Yoruba, and Hausa passionately celebrating and illuminating the city of Ilorin’s wealth of culture, history, Islamic heritage, and individual achievements. It is a work that is solid in content, form, and techniques. There are many quotable lines, a measure of poetic strength. I cannot forget the line about the child hearing Koranic recitation from the mother’s womb. Also, the moral authority combined with an oratory in a wise one who can be heard by a dumb ruler! In addition to the rich Islamic heritage and the success of Ilorin individuals in the areas of justice and bravery, the poet praises the city’s delicious trademarked foods such as “Warankasi,” “Tuworesi,” and “Gbegiri.” Among the best-executed poems are “Onikepe Aduke Opo” and “Why the Sun Has Not Diminished in Light.” Na’Allah has handled the praise poetry form dexterously, and that means “at times even a critical appraisal of an item of praise.” The reader comes out with a feeling of satisfaction for the poetic effulgence and knowing Ilorin better in its multiple areas of distinction and especially for its multicultural, Islamic, and tolerant character from an Ilorin-born and raised fine poet. – Tanure Ojaide, poet and scholar, Frank Porter Graham, Professor of Africana Studies.

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This book explores the emergence of the award-winning Niyi Osundare, a modern Nigerian poet. It examines how Osundare started in Ikere-Ekiti as a farmer-born, peasant-bred, oral singer to becoming one of the world’s most celebrated African poets. Osundare has won the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry Award, the Japanese-sponsored Noma Award, and the Folon-Nichols award. He also accepted an Honoris Causa of the prestigious Université de Toulouse le Mirial in France. This book presents a unique collection of essays on Osundare’s work by renowned scholars around the world. The preface is written by Abiola Irele and the afterword by Biodun Jeyifo. Among the other contributors are Eldred Durosimi Jones, Stephen Arnold, Doug Killam, Bernth Lindfors, Donald Burness, S. Louisa Wei, John Kinsella, Jane Bryce, Tejumola Olaniyan, Tayo Olafioye, Tanure Ojaide, Femi Oyebode, Titi Adepitan, Omoniyi Afolabi, Adewunmi Adesokan, and Sunday Enesi Ododo. This is a terrific comprehensive book by a wide array of insightful scholars, on one of our most politically committed, most thematically cosmopolitan, and most technically innovative poets.

Tejumola Olaniyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison):

Niyi Osundare is universally acclaimed as one of Africa’s best poets. His sense of poetic poise, the vitality of his language, and the sheer fecundity of his inspirations from both African and Western literary sources is matched by few poets writing today. It is a timely compendium and one that will set the parameters for the discussion of Osundare for a long time to come.

Ato Quayson (University of Cambridge):

This volume shows that politics and literature are inseparable – by design and by implication. Language, place, and culture are dynamically interlinked in a series of textual and ‘verbal’ investigations reaching into the very substance of the poetic impulse. A significant and even vital book.

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This new book puts together in a single cover, two earlier volumes by the authors, now revised to meet the challenges of a twenty-first-century scholarship in African performance and cultural studies. Topics covered range from sources of African oral traditions, the relevance of cosmology to African oral performance, fieldwork practice and research methodology, archetypes, folktales, myths and legends, performance and stylistic features, to various areas of poetic performances like praise poetry, religious poetry, topical, occupational and heroic poetry, their performances and more. The central theme of the book is performance, and students, scholars, and readers are provided with projects and exercises intended to keep them involved in research and performance experience of the oral forms. Teaching and curriculum development suggestions are given to teachers of African oral performances. Important information is provided to guide researchers into a continued exciting experience in the study of and research into African oral traditions. Materials are included from a good number of languages and cultures of Africa including Yoruba, Hausa, Nupe, among others so that students would be able to explore these important examples as a testimony of the richness of the scholarly and cultural resources in African oral traditions.
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Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press (October 30, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1592211518
ISBN-13: 978-1592211517
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,973,700 in Books

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“Ahmadu Fulani: An African Poetry” is a poetry volume in English, Yoruba, and Hausa, celebrating the memory of the poet’s father and speaking to the lessons the poet learned from his father as a child. The volume addresses issues of national and international significance, human and environmental rights, and speaks against injustice no matter who the oppressed or the oppressors are or where they come from. “Ahmadu Fulani” is a book of performance poetry, exploring oral performance traditions of Ilorin and Sokoto cultures, from Yoruba and Hausa-Fulani traditions of Nigeria and West Africa. From memorial contours to social inquiry, to praise and mobilization poems, readers would need to perform the poems in order to realize their full meanings and literary aesthetics. A person can perform this poetry alone at home, or with others in the classroom, or at the market square. Even the poems that do not have refrains can be read with performance flavor. As in his first volume, “Almajiri,” Na’Allah continues the invocation of street poetry tradition of the Nigerian street beggars, oral singers, and children and adults selling goods and services and chanting poetry on the Nigerian streets.

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Paperback: 96 pages, Publisher: Africa World Press (January 2004), Language: English, ISBN-10: 1592212328, ISBN-13: 978-1592212323, Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches, Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces, Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,941,631 in Books, #2615 in African Poetry (Books), #2868 in African & Middle Eastern Literature, #5496 in Political Reference

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Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional PoetryThis book discusses globalization trends and influences on traditional African oral literary performance and the direction that Ilorin oral art is forced to take by the changes of the twenty-first century electronic age. It seeks a new definition of contemporary African bourgeois in terms of its global reach, imitation of foreign forms, and collaboration with the owners of the primary agencies. Additionally, it makes a case that African global lords or new bourgeoisie who are largely products of the new global capital and multinational corporations’ socio-political and cultural influences fashion their tastes after western cultures as portrayed in the digital realm.

Table of contents (5 chapters)
1. African Art and the Crisis of Poverty and Social Divisions in a Global Era Pages 1-20
2. Criticism of African Art and Literature Pages 21-44
3. Ilorin Traditional Poetry in the Context of Bourgeois Aesthetics Pages 45-63
4. A Pact Between the Writer and the Oral Performer Pages 65-83
5. Conclusion Pages 85-91

Publisher: Palgrave Pivot   eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-75079-8  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-75079-8   Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-75078-1   Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-09143-9

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Table of Contents

  • Yoruba: the people, culture, and oral performances
  • The Yoruba inherent cultural plurality
  • Identity, cultural pluralism, and cultural accommodations
  • The rhetoric of similarity, indigenizing difference
  • Pluralism and the new world formations
  • Through a mirror of different eyes
  • Mixing fiction with facts, the debate about slavery
  • Waka: the dialectical essence of an Ilorin Islamic oral poetry.

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Format: Hardback
Publication date: 01 Jan 2011
Publisher: Africa Research and Publications
Publication City/Country: United States
Language: English
Published: Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, 2011
Physical Description: x, 172 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 1592217206, 9781592217205, 1592217214 (pbk.), 9781592217212 (pbk.)

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Martin Luther King Jr. An Anthology of Multicultural Poetry is a poetry collection that has embraced Martin Luther King, Jr. as a metaphor for a world in which every person and every nation holds the hand of another and where every culture, however remote it is, wins the respect of place, and however dominant it may be, the humility of existence.

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Hardcover: 182 pages
Publisher: Bilikisu Essu Publishing Ltd. (2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982506007
ISBN-13: 978-0982506004
Package Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,920,054 in Books

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Ogoni’s Agonies responds to the current crisis of postcolonial Nigeria. The killing of writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others by the Nigerian Military regime serves as a watershed for re-examining the roles of multinational companies in contemporary Africa, and the collaborations of military dictatorship in the perpetuation of human and environmental abuses in Nigeria. This book takes on that re-examination in scholarly writing, in interviews, and in poetry. The book offers a wide range of perspectives on the crisis. It includes detailed historical analyses of the Ogoni people, Nigerian politics, and the international responses to the Saro-Wiwa execution. It also includes a strong body of critical responses to the work of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and to his importance as a Nigerian intellectual and activist. This collection is thus the first to engage comprehensively with the crisis in postcolonial Nigeria and to assess the many works of Ken Saro-Wiwa – his novels, his television series, his short stories, his critical writings, his works as a publisher and cultural manager, and his work as a politician and environmental activist. The collection includes a comprehensive bibliography of Saro-Wiwa’s writings and criticism of his work.
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Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Africa World Pr (June 1 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0865436479
ISBN-13: 978-0865436473
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,112,171 in Books

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Ilorin ó is a unique collection of praise poems in English, Yoruba, and Hausa passionately celebrating and illuminating the city of Ilorin’s wealth of culture, history, Islamic heritage, and individual achievements. It is a work that is solid in content, form, and techniques. There are many quotable lines, a measure of poetic strength. I cannot forget the line about the child hearing Koranic recitation from the mother’s womb. Also, the moral authority combined with an oratory in a wise one who can be heard by a dumb ruler! In addition to the rich Islamic heritage and the success of Ilorin individuals in the areas of justice and bravery, the poet praises the city’s delicious trademarked foods such as “Warankasi,” “Tuworesi,” and “Gbegiri.” Among the best-executed poems are “Onikepe Aduke Opo” and “Why the Sun Has Not Diminished in Light.” Na’Allah has handled the praise poetry form dexterously, and that means “at times even a critical appraisal of an item of praise.” The reader comes out with a feeling of satisfaction for the poetic effulgence and knowing Ilorin better in its multiple areas of distinction and especially for its multicultural, Islamic, and tolerant character from an Ilorin-born and raised fine poet. – Tanure Ojaide, poet and scholar, Frank Porter Graham, Professor of Africana Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA…

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Publisher: Malthouse, Lagos, 2018
Paperback: 86 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9785579867
ISBN-13: 978-9785579864
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,420,497 in Books

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Publication Date: June 28, 2019
This book traces Dadakuada’s history and artistic vision and discusses its vibrancy as the most popular traditional Yoruba oral art form in Islamic Africa. Foregrounding the role of Dadakuada in Ilorin, and of Ilorin, in Dadakuada the book covers the history, cultural identity, performance techniques, language, social life, and relationship with Islam of the oral genre. The author examines Dadakuada’s relationship with Islam and discusses how the Dadakuada singers, through their songs and performances, are able to accommodate Islam in ways that have ensured their continued survival as a traditional African genre in a predominantly Muslim community. This book will be of interest to scholars of traditional African culture, African art history, performance studies, and Islam in Africa.

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Digital: 152 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 28, 2019), Language: English
ISBN-10: 1000227987
ISBN-13: 978-1000227987

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Through an engaged analysis of writers such as Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Niyi Osundare, and Tanure Ojaide and of African traditional oral poets like Omoekee Amao Ilorin and Mamman Shata Katsina, Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah develops an African indigenous discourse paradigm for interpreting and understanding literary and cultural materials. Na’Allah argues for the need for cultural diversity in critical theorizing in the twenty-first century. He highlights the critical issues facing scholars and students involved in the criticism and translation of marginalized texts. By returning the African knowledge system back to its roots and placing it side by side with Western paradigms, Na’Allah has produced a text that will be required reading for scholars and students of African culture and literature. It is an important contribution to scholarship in the domain of mobility of African oral tradition, and on African literary, cultural, and performance discourse.