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The oral traditions in Ile-Ife; the Yoruba people and their book of enlightenment.


The oral traditions in Ile-Ife; the Yoruba people and their book of enlightenment.

Ogunyemi, Yemi D.

Academica Press, LLC


176 pages




In order to explore the oral traditions in Ile-Ife, the political, economic and cultural capital of the Yoruba people in the Southwest of what is now known as Nigeria, Yemi D. Ogunyemi, a poet, novelist and scholar of the African Literatures in Africa and in Diaspora, has produced a classical research work on Yoruba culture, and Ifa Divination--the Book of Enlightenment, embodying philosophy, literature and religion. Undoubtedly, the most significant part of Ogunyemi's investigation (some from the keepers of traditions) is on oral literature in which Ijapa, hitherto depicted as a four-legged tortoise-like protagonist is being found to be a human being of flesh and blood. Other new and important chapters/investigations include The Book of Enlightenment, The Cultural Schools of Philosophy and The Bringers of Light.

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Date:Feb 1, 2010
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