Lagos Notes and Records - Volume 12, Issue 1, 2006
Volume 12, Issue 1, 2006
Author Ebere NwaubaniSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 1 –27 (2006)More Less
In spite of the increased alld sophisticated scholarly output on the Igbo, there is still a tendency to depict precolonial Igbo political systems in general and therefore overly simplified and misleading terms. This paper is an attempt to reconfigure the depiction of those systems. As with previous works that have carefully studied precolonial Igbo, it emphasizes the diversity and complexity of Igbo political systems and argues that because of their underlying republicanism, those systems are best labelled as ""acephalous. "" The paper identifies three types of acephalous systems: (a) those based on segmentary lineages, (b) those based on age-grades, and (c) those in which political authority was exercised by associations.
Author Olutayo C. AdesinaSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 28 –42 (2006)More Less
This article focuses on the development of indigenous entrepreneurship within the context of colonial economic development and Western-style commercial elitism. It explores the material development that accompanied the development of this class and its implications for social and economic change in Yorubaland of Western Nigeria.
Author Dmitri Van Den BersselarSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 43 –66 (2006)More Less
Following World War II, references to progress and modernity were frequently used in West Africa to sell policies, politicians, commodities, and services. During the 1950s and 1960s, advertising for a diverse range of products, evoked connections with an international world that was modern, successful, and ambitious. By 1970, however, marketing for schnapps gin specifically had changed to allude to African tradition and a link to the traditional status of chiefs and elders.
Author Emmanuel N. KwofieSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 67 –80 (2006)More Less
This paper explains the external and internal factors in the survival of the French language, especially in West Africa, where nationalism could have informed an endogenous language policy. Rather, multilingualism privileges French as a vehicle of expression. This essay examines the attitudes of African writers to the use of French and of non-Africans to the use of French by Frenchrnen and Francophone African writers. It highlights the linguistic contributions of Francophone African creative writers in terms of the specific African linguistic modes in their works.
Author Oyeniyi OkunoyeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 81 –99 (2006)More Less
This paper proceeds from highlighting a few contestable standpoints on the viability and integrity of the postcolonial critical project to map the postcolonial in modern African poetry. It ascribes the tendency to theorise the unknown in much of postcolonial theorising in the Anglo-American academy to a neglect of the primacy of textual validation/authority in the constitution of literary theory, identifies four paradigms for the postcolonial reading of modern African poetry, and suggests that the writing-back paradigm may still be relevant in explaining this tradition.
Author A.W. Kayode-IyasereSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 100 –113 (2006)More Less
Register study, stylistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and English for specific purposes all deal with language variation. This can be gleaned from several perspectives. In this paper, however, we have tried to look at the issue of variation from two main perspectives namely: the theoretical and the taxonomic. Our conclusion in this paper is that the five study thrusts listed above are approaches to the study of language variation.
Author Tony E. AfejukuSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 114 –123 (2006)More Less
The question of crime and punishment has been a subject of great controversy among moral philosophers and jurists. The fundamental questions here are: ""What is crime? What is punishment? What is the justification for punishment? How do we determine the appropriate penalty or punishment for crime(s)?"" Is punishment morally acceptable? Is punishment not vengeance or ""an eye for an eye?"" It is in an attempt to answer these questions and related ones that I venture to write this paper. I argue that punishment is a crime against the criminal.
Author G.E. AzenaborSource: Lagos Notes and Records 12, pp 124 –140 (2006)More Less
This is a critical essay that examines the Nigerian Romanus Egudu 's poetry, contained in his new book of poems called Prayer of the Powerless, as the work of a historical and virtuous poet. The argument posited is that the poet dwells on the past, present and future history of governance in his country in such a way that reveals him as a rebel with strong moral convictions.