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Title:Reading and readership in West Africa
Author:Newell, StephanieISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Geographic term:West Africa
Abstract:This section of a special issue of African Research and Documentation contains four papers on reading and readership in West Africa which were presented at a conference on African readership, held at the University of Cambridge in May 1999. After an introduction by the editor (p. 4-5), a contribution by Ben Moran on Nigeria takes as a starting point research into a single Internet discussion group, 'soc.culture.nigeria', and discusses the ways in which information technology (IT) constructs new categories of local and international readerships. Andrew Smith analyses the responses of Scottish readers to 'Things fall apart' (1958) by Chinua Achebe. Theodora Akachi Ezeigbo studies the responses of male and female students in Nigeria to texts by African women writers. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang focuses on the Ghanaian women's magazine 'Obaa Sima' (Ideal Woman) and discusses the handling of personal relationships in love stories by women. Bibliogr., notes, ref.