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African Art and the Crisis of Poverty and Social Divisions in a Global Era

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This chapter introduces the concept of poverty and social divisions in the global century and the place of African art within this reality. The author presents his theoretical framework and defines the major terms and concepts used in the book, explaining where some of them deviate from their traditional connotations. At the end of this chapter, the history, form and status quo of Ilorin social class are discussed and the place of Dadakuada oral poets established therein.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Chidi Amua, The Theory of African Literature (London: ZED Books Ltd., 1989).

  2. 2.

    K.M. Dolgov , “Culture and Social Progress” in Marxist-Leninist Aesthetics and the Arts (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1980) p. 15.

  3. 3.

    Vassily Krapivin, ABC of Social and Political Knowledge: What is Dialectical Materialism? (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1985) p. 27.

  4. 4.

    Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth (New York: Grove Press: Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2004) p. 20.

  5. 5.

    Femi Osofisan, Morountodun and others plays (Alexandria, Va.: Alexander Street Press, 2002).

  6. 6.

    Olu Obafemi, Suicide Syndrome (Benin: Adena Publishers, 1988).

  7. 7.

    Personal interview with Omoekee Amao, 8 August, 1987.

  8. 8.

    Krapivin , p. 282.

  9. 9.

    Amuta, p. 69.

  10. 10.

    Ibid.

  11. 11.

    C. Okafor , “Research Methodology in African Oral Literature” Okeke: An African Journal of New Writing No. 16, 1979, pp. 83–97.

  12. 12.

    A. Na’Allah, “Dadakuada: Trends in the Development of Ilorin Traditional Oral Poetry,” B.A. (Ed) Thesis, University of Ilorin, 1988, pp. 52–62.

  13. 13.

    The Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford UP, 1989); or any of its older or newer edition.

  14. 14.

    Ibid.

  15. 15.

    Ibid.

  16. 16.

    Ibid.

  17. 17.

    Ibid.

  18. 18.

    Ibid.

  19. 19.

    The Thames and Hudson Encyclopedia of the Arts (London: Thames and Hudson, 1966) p. 11. See also Art20 the Thames and Hudson multimedia dictionary of modern art (London: Thames and Hudson, 1998).

  20. 20.

    Oxford English Dictionary.

  21. 21.

    Krapivin , pp. 289–290.

  22. 22.

    Ibid.

  23. 23.

    Ibid.

  24. 24.

    Ibid., pp. 139–140.

  25. 25.

    Ibid.

  26. 26.

    R. A. Olaoye , “The Ilorin Emirate and the British Ascendency 1897–1918: An overview of the early phase of Ilorin provincial administration” M.A. Thesis, University of Ilorin, 1984.

  27. 27.

    O. Olajubu , “Iwi: Egungun Chants in Yoruba oral literature” M.A. Thesis, University of Lagos, 1970.

  28. 28.

    Olaoye , “The Ilorin Emirate…”

  29. 29.

    Paulo Freire, Peadagogy of the oppressed (London: Penguin Books Limited, 1972).

  30. 30.

    S. Ousmane, Xala (Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 1990).

  31. 31.

    A. Dandatti “The role of an oral singer in Hausa-Fulani Society: A case study of Mamman Shatta” Diss., Indiana University, 1978.

  32. 32.

    Ibid.

  33. 33.

    The Holy Qur’an chapter 26, verses 224–226.

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Na’Allah, AR. (2018). African Art and the Crisis of Poverty and Social Divisions in a Global Era. In: Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional Poetry. Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75079-8_1

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