Literary Art and Literary Creativity in Contemporary Africa

Ogunba, Oyin (1978-11-21)


The real focus of this lecture is the African literature written in European tongues, and in this case specifically the one in English. There are good reasons why this should be so: first African literature in English raises more pertinent questions about our contemporary situation; secondly it takes Africa straight into the international scene and advertises us to the world (and in this respect the relative fortunes of Fagunwa and Tutuola are instructive); and thirdly it has tried to grapple with far greater problems of art and creativity than the other two literatures.