Sunday, July 30, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Questions Arising on Ijala Poetry and Yoruba Philosophy

Abiola Irele and Wole Soyinka reference the profound philosophical content of Ijala, Yoruba poetry of hunters. Irele, in " Tradition and the Yoruba Writer : D. O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola and Wole Soyinka"and Soyinka in Myth, Literature and the African World, write very tantalizingly about this philosophy derived from close examination of nature.

The pioneering,  foundational work on Ijala, Adeboye Babalola's The Content and Form of Yoruba Ijala, however, does not demonstrate such explicit philosophical orientations, except, perhaps  through extrapolation from the poetry.

Does anyone know of any work, essay or book, that foregrounds the philosophical values of Ijala?

I seem to have come across a recent book on Ijala online but I could not find the page again.



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