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Africa's literary influence Sep 7, 2004
From the ancient tradition of griots to the prize winning authors of the twenty-first century, Yeni D. Ogunyemi traces the influence of the African spirit of story-telling to the many corners of the world where Africa's descendents have found themselves either as a result of slavery centuries ago or of present migration. LITERATURES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA is a literary journey that reaches all seven continents. Ogunyemi sets out to prove that African descendents have had an incredible influence on world literature and that the voice of Africa can be heard on every continent in this world.
In LITERATURES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, Ogunyemi dedicates a chapter to each prominent place where Black authors have flourished. He first takes a look at the European continent focusing on such countries as Spain, Britain, and France it is here that novel takes a look at Black authors who help to shape European culture and ideology. The reader is then taken to the West Indies, Latin America, Australia, Asia and North America. Each chapter details how the location, values and traditions of each country has helped to evolve the literature of the varied people of African decent, and in turn how these descendants have shaped the cultures and philosophies of their adopted homelands.
LITERATURES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA is an interesting journey across time, languages, and cultures. Ogunyemi introduces many Black authors from throughout the world. He makes it clear that Africa has had an influence on the world for centuries. It is through the now far away daughters and sons that the spirits of the African griots continue to live. The book is however, often bogged down by rhetoric which causes it to be a slow and difficult read at times. Yet, I was appreciative of the author's ambitious research. I was also thankful to read of the many Black authors who contribute to the literary landscape of this world.
Reviewed by L. Raven James of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers