Nigerian oral traditions and oral history
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Nigerian oral traditions and oral history their relevance to the nation"s vision 2010 programme by Hakeem B. Harunah

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Published by Nigerian Association for Oral History and Traditions (NAOHAT) in [Lagos, Nigeria?] .
Written in English



  • Nigeria,
  • Nigeria.


  • Oral tradition -- Nigeria.,
  • Oral history.,
  • Nigeria -- Civilization.,
  • Nigeria -- Cultural policy.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementby Hakeem B. Harunah.
ContributionsNigerian Association for Oral History and Traditions.
LC ClassificationsDT515.4 .H36 2000
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 57 p. ;
Number of Pages57
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3998782M
ISBN 109783296469
LC Control Number2001345962

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  H aving spent most of my career as a geographer-anthropologist in the Pacific Islands, where I developed a huge respect for oral knowledge—both its capacity and its longevity—I have focused more recently on the much longer traditions of Indigenous Australians and similarly ancient stories from other long-existing cultures. My book, The Edge of . The oral tradition, which evolved to include written literature, allows the Nigerian people to ensure the preservation of the history and culture. Nduka noted that even if the younger. The Importance Of Oral Tradition In African History. Assess the significance of Oral tradition in Bantu Religion. In your view, does oral tradition have a future in the midst of modernity and social change? In African Traditional Religion, morals, values, beliefs and culture among other things play a critical role in society. The upholding of societal norms and values is a sacred affair.   He teaches courses on African oral and written literatures and cinema, Caribbean literature and music, and American culture history. He has also published articles in most of these fields as well as two books on the oral narrative traditions of Bemba-speaking people of Zambia.

Oral tradition delivers explanations to the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of life on earth. In African religion, it is the guiding principle in which to make sense of the world. Oral tradition is non-written history, it is spoken word only. Historically, most African societies did not have an invented alphabet. The beginning of Nigerian Literature In the beginning was oral literature, the root of African literature. Nigerian literature, in particular, began with the oral tradition, pioneered by the unsung heroes of her literary past, like royal bards, warriors, story tellers, priests and many others. heavily on the oral traditions of the two polities.2 Alagoa did find some aspects of the oral traditions of the Niger Delta peoples useful in the reconstruction and interpretation of their early history.3 Low’s book on Three Nigerian Emirates was based entirely on oral tradition or rather Oral History. The division between them is. Technologies such as writing and printing play a vital role in transmitting history, thought and creativity, and such technologies have a long history in West ng independently of writing for centuries – yet interwoven with such technologies to the present day – is a wide variety of oral traditions passed down from generation to generation through live performance, and .