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Title:Reading the diary of Akinpelu Obisesan in colonial Africa
Author:Adeboye, OlufunkeISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:51
Issue:2
Pages:75-97
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:elite
Yoruba
autobiography
self-concept
colonial period
About person:Akinpelu Obisesan
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v051/51.2.adeboye.pdf
Abstract:This article considers the private diary not just as a historical source or literary text, but mainly as a symbolic cultural creation with sociological and psychological dimensions. The multiple identities of Akinpelu Obisesan (1887-1963), a member of the colonial intelligentsia in Ibadan, Nigeria, are analysed, giving insight into the transformations in Yoruba masculinity in the colonial period and his own attempts at self-invention. The article also emphasizes the overlap between the personal and the general: between the private and the public domains and how the diarist straddles, and is in turn affected by, sociocultural currents reverberating from these two sites. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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