Gender and Colonialism It was fascinating to see and be able to understand the comparison between Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood. What was more intriguing was being able to understand Africa’s history a lot more. Both books are fictional literature primary sources. Although the novels are not true, they take the audience on a historic ride. Readers get an insight of how Africans actually feel, experience everyday life, and are finally able to read something not written by the Europeans.
Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horsemen (1975), makes colonial setting. Soyinka plays an important voice in African fiction and poetry. He writes for Nigerian audience and his writings well receive by them. His works get appreciation and explore region’s culture and politics. His tragedies The Strong Breed and Death and the King’s Horsemen mix with dance, music, and other elements of cathartic ritual.
This celebration is part of community life. African communities have close relationship with nature and conservation ecology is part of everyday practice. Writers like Amos Tutuola, Camara Laye, Mongo Bette, Ferdinand Oyono, Cyprian Ekwensi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Alan Panton, Ben Okri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Ama Ata Aidoo and J.M. Coetzee have attempted to demonstrate these facts through their works (59). The above assertion is obviously true, considering the affinity the African had with his natural environment, before the advent of colonialism.
Dub poetry is defined to be the spoken word with the blend of the rhythmic sounds of reggae music, which influenced by African traditions. This poetic strategy is defined by 3 main parts the spoken word, performance and the powerful interpretation the poem creates towards the audience. Dub poetry when it comes to lyrics becomes a creole which is defined as a stable language that incorporates African roots with westernized wording and structure to be used as a political stance that gave the immigrant minority the ability to show the reality of police brutality, racism and inequality. According to (Solé, 2008) , dub poetry becomes an element that determines a person’s true character, cultural awareness and bring about a sense of belonging. What makes performance poetry unique is the use of music while the spoken piece was shared.
They use language in this poem to create a culture and portray the community they are talking about. They replace a lot of the words from the biblical story with South African words to make it more suitable and relatable. They use ‘’outas’’ instead of wise men as in the biblical story, which refers to them being very common people and not very special which emphasizes the birth of this boy not being an fancy event. They refer to ‘’High Karoo’’ and use the words ‘’knob-sticks’’ and ‘’jackal path’’, which is a South African things and brings the place in to context and reminds the reader where this event is taking place in and the history that needs to be kept in mind when reading this poem. He also ends the sentence with ‘’with’’ which is a South African thing to do and not finish your sentences.
On the African continent magical realism and postcolonialism have gone hand-in-hand particularly in West and South Africa. In West Africa, the Yoruba mythologies and beliefs in particular have provided material for other African writer such as Ben Okri and Amos Tutula (1920-97). In addition to drawing on the western novel form and upon themes such as colonialism, religion and internationalism, West African magical realism often incorporates local influences to produce a cross cultural literature that emulates the situation of many West Africans today. As the critic Brenda Cooper notes : ‘African writers very often adhere to this animism, incorporate spirits, ancestors and talking animals, in stories, both adapted folktales and newly invented yams, in order to express their passions, their aesthetics and their politics’ (1998:40). She claims that these stories are still prevalent due to the superficial influence on the local culture of colonialism in West Africa (Cooper 1998:40).
The descriptions of the different people forces a sense of pride into those who read the words, but when one reads “I, too” the emotion grows. Another author Hughes enjoyed was W.E.B. Du Bois, from his essay “The Souls of Black Folks” an idea of double consciousness. The concept explains, especially in African Americans, that a body is home to two souls. In “I, too” Hughes mixes these two authors and uses them to personify America as having two identities.
When African writers cannot adequately express African socio-cultural reality in a European language, they resort to the use of indigenous words and expressions.”(1996) Chinua Achebe expresses his concern about his failure in expressing his African experience through the use of pure English. He prefers a new variety of English – ‘still in communion with its ancestral home but altered to suit its new surroundings.’ (1965, 62) Vassanji has extensively used native words and expressions to substantiate the characters’ authentic ethnicity and cultural
The term myth has acquired a variety of meanings. In common parlance, it could be understood to denote that traditional expression of a people as seen in their proverbs, songs, tales, legends, folklores, and riddles. The myth and folklore in traditional African societies have a highly educative value and both are considered as a mean of educating the young. Emmanuel Obiechina an African writer writes; “the
Medicine and magic could be viewed as a bad thing for those who don’t understand their traditions but, after reading the passage I believe that we should accept every culture beliefs and traditions because other people might not understand your culture, and they might judge yours but if you want others to respect your culture you would have to do the same as well. In addition, African American music had much incredible influence on American mainstream and culture. Most African American songs can be best represented as when all the Africans would get together, and make songs that made them happy, and the