The Contribution Of Literature In Modern African Society

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The contribution of literature in modern African society is very enormous and imperative in view to contemporary African society. With liberation and increase in literacy, since most African nations gained their independence in the recent time, Africa literature has grown drastically in quantity and in recognition, with numerous African works appearing in western academic curricular and on best of its list compiled at the end of the 20th century. Literature has significant roles in civilization of Africans from the renaissance period to this modern African society. Its imperative roles, is encroached to all spheres of life such as culture, music, theatre, traditions and above all, the evolution of present day western education. the modernity of African society is the uniqueness and organization of its literature from days of oral traditions to recent time of reading and writing. In other Africa will have no place in the modern world without its literature, therefore literature has contributed enormously in our present day society.




Background of study


Literature Review


Research Methodology


Scope of research

Limitations of study

Population of study

Validity of instrument


Analysis and discussion of findings


Conclusion, Summary




The term literature is used to describe written, spoken materials. Broadly speaking, literature is used to describe anything from creative writing to more technical or scientific works, but the term is most commonly used to refer to works of the creative imaginations, including works of poetry, drama, fiction, prose and non-fiction (Alfred David, 1997). African literaturei consists of body of work in different languages and various genres, ranging from oral literature to literaturei written in colonial languages (French, Portuguese, and English). Oral literaturesi including stories, drama, riddles, histories, myths, songs, proverbs and other expressions is frequently employed to educate and entertain children. Oral histories, myths and proverbs additionally serve to remind whole communities of their ancestors, heroic deeds, their past and the precedents for their customs and traditions. Essentials to oral literaturei is a concern for presentation and oratory, folktales tellers use calls response techniques a griot (praise singer) will accompany a narrative with music.

Some of the first African writings to gain attention in the west were the poignant slaves narrative, such as the “interesting narrative of the life and adventures of Olaudah Equiano, the African” (1979) which described vividly the horrors of slavery and the slave trade. As Africans became literate in their languages, they often reacted against colonial repression in their writings. Others looked to their own past for subjects. Thomas Mofolo, for example wrote “Hake” (1931) about Zulu who was a famous military leader, in susuto. Literature in African contemporary is as old as mankind itself since Africans have for ages through this vehicle of literaturei passed information’s from generation to generation most especially that, involving the preservation of her cultures, tradition, religious and other spheres of life. One will be very right to say that literaturei in African began as man became conscious of himself and the nature has whole and this has been of enormous contributions to Africans education before and after embracing western education. In contact with the colonial education, literaturei in Africa has taken a much different dimensions (Gabriel, E., 2010). The western education has not only influenced African literature but also subjected most Africans leaving their literature to adopting European ways of life. Post African independent, many African scholars like Wole Soyinka (first African to win noble prize in literaturei) has through western education presented the African literaturei to the world at large noting that Africa has her literaturei before the advent of the colonial masters.


There are different ways Africans have presented their literaturesi and they include:

Autobiography: This is the story of a persons life written or told by that person. Bill Peet, an autobiography.

Biography: This is the story of a persons life written by another persons. Eleanor by Babara Cooney

Fable: This is a story that teaches a moral or lesson. It often has animal characters. “The Fortoise and the Hare.

Fantasy: Novels are often set in words much different from our own and usually include magic, sorcery and mythical creatures. “The Harry potter series by J. K. Prowling”.

Folktales: This is a story that has been passed down, usually orally, within a culture. It may be based on superstition and feature supernatural characters. Folktales include fairly tales, tall tales, tricksters and other stories passed down over generations (Hansel, and Gretel).

Legend: it is a story that has been handed down over generations and it is believed to be based on history, though it typically mixes facts and fiction. The hero of a legend is usually a human. “King Arthur and the Roundtable”.

Myth: This is a traditional story that a particular culture of group once accepted as sacred and true. It may center on a good or supernatural being and explain how something came to be such and lightening or music or the world itself.

Science fiction: Stories examine how science and technology affect the world. The book often involves fantasy that may be reality in the future.

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