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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Oral Literature and African History
Author:Uzoigwe, Godfrey N.
Year:1980
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Volume:9
Issue:1
Pages:18-41
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:historiography
folk tales (form)
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328548
Abstract:Purpose of this paper is to investigate those elements of African oral traditions that have literary as well as historical merit, to demonstrate how African oral literature may be profitably employed in the reconstruction of African history, and to appeal to historians of Africa as well as students of African literature not only to work together for a greater understanding and appreciation of the African heritage but also to employ African categories and concepts if their writings are to have meaning and significance for Africans. This paper is concerned with the following elements of African traditions that have been identified to have literary as well as historical merit: poems, hymns, songs, 'myths', 'legends', fiction, riddles, and proverbs. Ref.
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