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Title:The postcolonial condition: the archeology of African knowledge: from the feat of Ogun and Sango to the postcolonial creativity of Obatala
Author:Tidjani-Serpos, NouréiniISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pages:3-18
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:myths
Yoruba
literature
About person:Akiwande Oluwole Soyinka (1934-)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3820002
Abstract:By taking the example of Wole Soyinka, this article shows that one can be interested in one's milieu, that one can examine and familiarize oneself with the ancient inhabitants who, intellectually and affectively, remain in the imaginary and the memory of one's people, while one becomes a producer of the means of scientific production. For Soyinka, just as Western culture deeply immersed itself in Greco-Latin mythology before beginning to emerge and operate a conceptual takeoff and a transitional break which directed it towards science, so black African writers should turn their attention to the mythological world of their peoples, bring out the principal actors, the identity, and action principles that they represent in order to dust them off, weigh them up, analyse them, examine them critically and reinject into the information loop of the black African intellectual debate those elements that are likely to generate a new vision of things and beings. It is in this perspective that Soyinka's theory of literary creation can be considered as a continuity and a break built on a divine trilogy: Obatala, god of creation; Ogun, god of iron; and Sango, god of electricity and lightning. For Soyinka, this Yoruba trilogy is a question of having three coherent principles on which to base a true dramatic art. Bibliogr.
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