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Achebe's Igbo Poems: Oral Traditional Resources And The Process Of ‘Deschooling’ In Modern African Poetics, Chukwuma Azuonye Jan 2010

Achebe's Igbo Poems: Oral Traditional Resources And The Process Of ‘Deschooling’ In Modern African Poetics, Chukwuma Azuonye

Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series

The present paper examines the diction, imagery and other features of language and style in Chinua Achebe's two Igbo poems ("Uno Onwu Okigbo" and "Akuko Kpulu Uwa Iru"). Disposing of charges of plagiarism levied on Achebe on account of his modeling of the poems on well-known Igbo folk songs, the paper argues that what is rather involved in the compositional process is a process of "deschooling" from the strictures of European or Eurocentric conventions of versification. It concludes that a process of "deschooling" of this kind is one way in which African writers can begin their journey back with ...


Achebe's Igbo Poems: Oral Traditional Resources And The Process Of ‘Deschooling’ In Modern African Poetics, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 2009

Achebe's Igbo Poems: Oral Traditional Resources And The Process Of ‘Deschooling’ In Modern African Poetics, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

The present paper examines the diction, imagery and other features of language and style in Chinua Achebe's two Igbo poems ("Uno Onwu Okigbo" and "Akuko Kpulu Uwa Iru"). Disposing of charges of plagiarism levied on Achebe on account of his modeling of the poems on well-known Igbo folk songs, the paper argues that what is rather involved in the compositional process is a process of "deschooling" from the strictures of European or Eurocentric conventions of versification. It concludes that a process of "deschooling" of this kind is one way in which African writers can begin their journey back with ...


Christopher Okigbo At Work: Towards A Pilot Study And Critical Edition Of His Previously Unpublished Poems, 1957-1967, Chukwuma Azuonye Jan 2007

Christopher Okigbo At Work: Towards A Pilot Study And Critical Edition Of His Previously Unpublished Poems, 1957-1967, Chukwuma Azuonye

Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series

The objectives of the present paper are two-fold. The first is to produce a critical edition of the complete corpus of the previously unpublished papers of Christopher Okigbo (1930-1967), who is today widely acknowledged as by far the most outstanding postcolonial, Anglophone, African, modernist poet of the 20th century. The second is to offer a pilot critical interpretation of the previously unknown poems in the corpus and to ascertain their place in the Okigbo canon. In 2007 these papers became the first corpus of unpublished works to be nominated and accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The ...


Azuonye: Lectures In Igbo Literature And Stylistics, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 2006

Azuonye: Lectures In Igbo Literature And Stylistics, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

A festschrift comprising a compilation of my lectures on Igbo oral literature and stylistics, in the 1980’s, edited by my former students in the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka


Christopher Okigbo At Work: Towards A Pilot Study And Critical Edition Of His Previously Unpublished Poems, 1957-1967, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 2006

Christopher Okigbo At Work: Towards A Pilot Study And Critical Edition Of His Previously Unpublished Poems, 1957-1967, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

The objectives of the present paper are two-fold. The first is to produce a critical edition of the complete corpus of the previously unpublished papers of Christopher Okigbo (1930-1967), who is today widely acknowledged as by far the most outstanding postcolonial, Anglophone, African, modernist poet of the 20th century. The second is to offer a pilot critical interpretation of the previously unknown poems in the corpus and to ascertain their place in the Okigbo canon. In 2007 these papers became the first corpus of unpublished works to be nominated and accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The ...


Igbo, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 2005

Igbo, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

A comprehensive survey of Igbo folklore and folklife against the background of competing hypotheses of Igbo origins and of Igbo cultural diversity and receptivity to change


The Hero In Igbo Life And Literature, Chukwuma Azuonye, Donatus Nwoga Dec 2001

The Hero In Igbo Life And Literature, Chukwuma Azuonye, Donatus Nwoga

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


Enu-Nyili-Mba: An Episode From The Ameke Okoye An Episode From The Ameke Okoye Epic As Performed By Jeveizu Okaavo Of Aguleri, Chukwuma Azuonye, Obiora Udechukwu Dec 2001

Enu-Nyili-Mba: An Episode From The Ameke Okoye An Episode From The Ameke Okoye Epic As Performed By Jeveizu Okaavo Of Aguleri, Chukwuma Azuonye, Obiora Udechukwu

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


"Preface," The Hero In Igbo Life And Literature, Chukwuma Azuonye, Donatus Nwoga Dec 2001

"Preface," The Hero In Igbo Life And Literature, Chukwuma Azuonye, Donatus Nwoga

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


The Archetypal Hero In Igbo Oral Narratives (Chapter 2), Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 2001

The Archetypal Hero In Igbo Oral Narratives (Chapter 2), Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


"Introduction," The Hero In Igbo Life And Literature, Chukwuma Azuonye, Donatus Nwoga Dec 2001

"Introduction," The Hero In Igbo Life And Literature, Chukwuma Azuonye, Donatus Nwoga

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


The Types Of The Hero In Representative Texts Of Ohafia Igbo Oral Epic Songs, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 2001

The Types Of The Hero In Representative Texts Of Ohafia Igbo Oral Epic Songs, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


The Meaning Of The “Meaningless” Refrain In Igbo Folksongs And Storytelling Events, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1998

The Meaning Of The “Meaningless” Refrain In Igbo Folksongs And Storytelling Events, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

In this chapter, 'Chukwuma Azuonye...considers possible meanings of the “nonsense” refrains from Igbo folk songs that audiences sing during storytelling events in southeastern Nigeria. He classifies the refrains into eight categories, and concludes (and convinces the reader) that the “meaningless” description given to these refrains is erroneous. Each sound has a definite connotation, symbolic value, or specific meaning' (De Vos, Gail, 2001, Review of Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Sourcebook, ed. Margaret Reed Macdonald, Journal of American Folklore, Volume 114, Number 454, Fall, p. 503).


Igbo Stories And Storytelling, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1998

Igbo Stories And Storytelling, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

A classification and discussion of the main forms and contexts of Igbo storytelling and the poetics of their oral performance, illustrated with a text recorded in the context of the oral performance


The Igbo Folk Epic, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1998

The Igbo Folk Epic, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

This article discusses the types of heroic narrative poetry that have been found to exist in Igbo culture and that, on the basis of the most universal and inalienable features of the genre, cannot but be recognized as folk epics. The admission of these forms as epics will no doubt have important implications for the comparative understanding of the nature of the genre and its future definition.


The Dogon Creation Story, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1998

The Dogon Creation Story, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


'The Big Canvass": An Interview With Mazisi Kunene, Chukwuma Azuonye Jan 1996

'The Big Canvass": An Interview With Mazisi Kunene, Chukwuma Azuonye

Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series

In the present interview, recorded in his office, in July,1996, during an NEH Summer-long Seminar on the Literature and Culture of the New South Africa in which I participated, Kunene reflects on the challenges of the New South Africa and offers some illuminating insights into the impetus behind his choice of the epic as a mode of communication, his interest in the African world view and cosmology, the variety of his writing and interests beyond the epics for which he was best known, and his vision of the commonalty of all African cultures. In this, as in his creative ...


'The Big Canvass": An Interview With Mazisi Kunene, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1995

'The Big Canvass": An Interview With Mazisi Kunene, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

In the present interview, recorded in his office, in July,1996, during an NEH Summer-long Seminar on the Literature and Culture of the New South Africa in which I participated, Kunene reflects on the challenges of the New South Africa and offers some illuminating insights into the impetus behind his choice of the epic as a mode of communication, his interest in the African world view and cosmology, the variety of his writing and interests beyond the epics for which he was best known, and his vision of the commonalty of all African cultures. In this, as in his creative ...


Ìgbò Enwē Ezè: Monarchical Power Vs The Democratic Ideal In Igbo Oral Narratives (Chapter 5), Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1994

Ìgbò Enwē Ezè: Monarchical Power Vs The Democratic Ideal In Igbo Oral Narratives (Chapter 5), Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

Azuonye sets out, through the representation of kings in Igbo tales, a picture on the one hand of legitimate authority and on the other of the abuse of power, two sides of the same coin. His discussion is directed along two lines. First, and most directly, he examines the nature of the picture of power relations painted in the tales insofar as it presents a 'democratic ideal'. Second, Azuonye sees the painting of that picture as part of the propagation of competing visions, 'the power of oral literature to sustain, through the selective process of mythic filtering, a particular type ...


The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script: Its Origins, Features And Potentials As A Medium Of Alternative Literacy In African Languages, Chukwuma Azuonye Jan 1992

The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script: Its Origins, Features And Potentials As A Medium Of Alternative Literacy In African Languages, Chukwuma Azuonye

Africana Studies Faculty Publication Series

The present paper is a study of the origins, features and significance of the Nwagu Aneke Igbo Syllabary (otherwise known as the Umuleri Igbo Script), one of the thirty or so indigenous systems of writing which (re-)emerged in West Africa during the colonial period as a medium for challenging alien cultural values and for the re-assertion of the superiority of African spiritual and moral traditions and of the thought-patterns which lie behind them. Beyond the claims of a one-time prosperous land-owner and diviner, the late Ogbuevi Nwagu Aneke of the village of Umuleri in the Anambra Local Government Area ...


The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script: Its Origins, Features And Potentials As A Medium Of Alternative Literacy In African Languages, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1991

The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script: Its Origins, Features And Potentials As A Medium Of Alternative Literacy In African Languages, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

The present paper is a study of the origins, features and significance of the Nwagu Aneke Igbo Syllabary (otherwise known as the Umuleri Igbo Script), one of the thirty or so indigenous systems of writing that(re-)emerged during the colonial period as a medium for challenging alien cultural values and for the re-assertion of the superiority of African spiritual and moral traditions and of the thought-patterns which lie behind them. Purportedly invented by a one-time prosperous land-owner and diviner, the late Ogbuevi Nwagu Aneke of the village of Umuleri in the Anambra Local Government Area of Anambra State of ...


The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script: Its Origins, Features And Potentials As A Medium Of Alternative Literacy In African Languages, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1991

The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script: Its Origins, Features And Potentials As A Medium Of Alternative Literacy In African Languages, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

The present paper is a study of the origins, features and significance of the Nwagu Aneke Igbo Syllabary (otherwise known as the Umuleri Igbo Script), one of the thirty or so indigenous systems of writing which (re-)emerged in West Africa during the colonial period as a medium for challenging alien cultural values and for the re-assertion of the superiority of African spiritual and moral traditions and of the thought-patterns which lie behind them. Beyond the claims of a one-time prosperous land-owner and diviner, the late Ogbuevi Nwagu Aneke of the village of Umuleri in the Anambra Local Government Area ...


The Performances Of Kaalu Igirigiri, An Ohafia Igbo Singer Of Tales, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1989

The Performances Of Kaalu Igirigiri, An Ohafia Igbo Singer Of Tales, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


Kaalu Igirigiri, An Ohafia Igbo Singer Of Tales (Chapter 2), Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1989

Kaalu Igirigiri, An Ohafia Igbo Singer Of Tales (Chapter 2), Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

A study of the art and performance of an Ohafia Igbo singer of oral epic songs, Kaalu Igirigiri of Okon, in the light of four aesthetic principles (functionality, authenticity, variety and clarity) voiced by listeners at performances and articulated by means of specialized critical vocabulary by connoisseurs, critics, other singers and Kaalu Igirigiri himself. The essay demonstrates the preeminence of oral literary criticism in the the elucidation of the form, meaning and significance of oral traditional art.


Ogu Mmekota Naijiria: An Account Of The Nigerian Civil War By An Ohafia Igbo Bard, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1988

Ogu Mmekota Naijiria: An Account Of The Nigerian Civil War By An Ohafia Igbo Bard, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


Igbo Folktales And The Idea Of Chukwu As Supreme God Of Igbo Religion, Chukwuma Azuonye Mar 1987

Igbo Folktales And The Idea Of Chukwu As Supreme God Of Igbo Religion, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


Igbo Folktales And The Evolution Of The Idea Of Chukwu As The Supreme God Of Igbo Religion, Chukwuma Azuonye Mar 1987

Igbo Folktales And The Evolution Of The Idea Of Chukwu As The Supreme God Of Igbo Religion, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

This analysis of Igbo folktales reveals eight distinct phases in the evolution of the idea of Chukwu as the supreme God of Igbo religion. It seems clear, from the evidence examined, that the Igbo idea of Chukwu is not a single, monolithic idea but a complex of different, even divergent ideas, which have emerged over the centuries in response to different soci0-cultural, political and economic situations.


The Epic As Work Poetry: A Case Study Of The Tradition Of Ita Among The Anambra Igbo Fisherfolk, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1984

The Epic As Work Poetry: A Case Study Of The Tradition Of Ita Among The Anambra Igbo Fisherfolk, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.


Mbem Ato (Three Poems In Igbo): Bekee Wu Agbara, Olee Ebe Chineke Gara, Aguu, In Aka Weta: Egwu Aguluagu, Egwu Edeluede (From Different Hands: Songs Performed, Songs Written), Ed. Chinua Achebe And Obiora Udechukwu. Nsukka; Okike Arts Center, Chukwuma Azuonye Dec 1981

Mbem Ato (Three Poems In Igbo): Bekee Wu Agbara, Olee Ebe Chineke Gara, Aguu, In Aka Weta: Egwu Aguluagu, Egwu Edeluede (From Different Hands: Songs Performed, Songs Written), Ed. Chinua Achebe And Obiora Udechukwu. Nsukka; Okike Arts Center, Chukwuma Azuonye

Chukwuma Azuonye

No abstract provided.