Story Traditions with James - Africa

with D.J. James

This term I explore African literature.


Today I wrapped up my show with African Music and on poem.

This week I looked closely at Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel. Emphasis was placed on the role of Western education in Africa and how it is confronted by traditional African ways through the characters: Lakunle and Baroka respectively.

This week’s episode highlights the Mau Mau Uprising aka The Emergency along with “A Grain of Wheat” by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. The discussion on the Mau Mau is accompanied by a documentary titled “Mau Mau”. I didn’t get far with a discussion on “A Grain of Wheat”. You are provided with a description of the key characters and a plot summary. I will delve deeper into this text next week, before moving on to African drama…Stay tuned!

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