Description - I Could Speak Until Tomorrow by Karin Barber
A study of Yoruba oral poetry from Nigeria set within the context of the daily life and the past history of a small town, Okuku. It describes how the women of the town learn the traditions of the "oriki" and gives an account of a wedding and a funeral in the town where the women perform. Also discussed are the importance of the "oriki" and the women's performance for the town's identity, social organization, political processes, lineages and the hierarchy of the "big men" throughout Yoruba history.
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(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Karin Barber
Karin Barber is Professor of African Studies at the Centre of West African Studies at Birmingham University. She is Editor of the journal Africa.