Lagos Notes and Records - Volume 14, Issue 1, 2008
Volume 14, Issue 1, 2008
Author Olufunke AdeboyeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 1 –21 (2008)More Less
This article argues that cultural festivities (both civic and religious) constitute veritable pores through which civic culture in Ibadan is aerated. This perspective, however, disguises an interesting paradox. While celebrations act as vents forï¿½ the release of socio-political and economic stress and reaffirm group identity, they also possess significant political content, whose concentration varies according to prevailing circumstances.
Author Ameh Dennis AkohSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 22 –36 (2008)More Less
Every writer grows in ideological perspectives, whatever his vision is. This growth is usually a result of, or response to, societal becoming. The paper discusses some major plays of Femi Osofisan, the leading figure of the second generation dramatists in Nigeria, as part of the dramatic responses to the shifting environment of the Nigerian state within the postcolony.
Author Dele AdeyanjuSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 37 –45 (2008)More Less
This study examines, from a lexico-semantic perspective, the register of extortion on the Nigerian highways. The study, which employs participatory observation for data elicitation, is motivated by Nigeria's ranking by Transparency International as the second, sixth, and twenty-eighth most corrupt nation in the world in 2005, 2006 and 2008 respectively.
Author John H. EnemugwenSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 46 –59 (2008)More Less
A study of American history shows that Africans were involved in the development of the American continents. But the facts are not in an inclusive document. This article highlights their major contributions to the exploration of the Americas, American War of Independence, and the Civil War. Others are the development of the U.S. Armed Forces, science and technology, economic development, arts, and culture. The paper also outlined the Niger Delta gifts to the Americas.
Colonial inheritance, postcolonial neglect, and the management of Nigerian railway by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES)Author Tokunbo AyoolaSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 60 –85 (2008)More Less
The Nigerian Railway (NR) network was constructed and managed from 1898 to 1960 by British colonial authorities. The infrastructure inherited at independence was old, dilapidated, inefficient and inadequate. Instead of transforming this infrastructure, Nigerian bourgeoisie neglected it in favour of road transport development.
Reparation movements in Africa, Asia and the United States: Ten reasons why black reparation is a good ideaAuthor Seifodein AdemSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 86 –93 (2008)More Less
It is arguable that, historically, Africans and peoples of African descent, as victims of slavery and colonialism, have borne the heavy burden of collective humiliation more than any other group. The consequence of slavery and colonialism is, of course, more far-reaching than what is apparent in the realm of psychology.
Author Victor C. ArioleSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 94 –102 (2008)More Less
Metalinguistic, defined as ""relating the formal system of language to other cultural systems "", creates some linguistic void when African writers express themselves in French. Our study of two African authors of Francophone African origin reveals that. The two authors - Ahmadou Kourouma and Amadou Hamptite Bd-Malinke and Fulani respectively, operate in both their mother tongue and their L2 (French) effectively. The emphasis on their effective operation in the two languages is the reason for their study.
Author Patrick OlokoSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 103 –118 (2008)More Less
While, in general, few can doubt the role feminism has played in the rectification of perceived social wrongs against women, misgivings and deep uncertainties are becoming clear in the literatures either about the extent of that role or whether, in the case of literary representation, doctrinaire feminism should continue to play any role at all. The principal stimulus for the doubt has come from the well-known debate concerning the integrity of male representation of the females; the same debates which empowered the revisionary aesthetics so crucial to the entrenchment and sustenance of feminist literature and its associated discourse.
Author Abiodun AdenijiSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 119 –134 (2008)More Less
Popular songs, unlike 'traditional' oral productions identified by anthropologists, literary agents / scholars and cultural workers as an important matrix of 'culture', have attracted scant attention from Nigerian critics and cultural workers alike. One of the factors responsible for this literaryicritical lacuna is the 'hybrid' nature of many of these songs which distinguishes them from the 'pure', 'unsullied' creations usually associated with 'oral literature' by the average literary or cultural scholar. Another is their near-total dependence on modem technological wizardry for their production and dissemination.
Author Ademola AdelekeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 135 –139 (2008)More Less
With its size, human and material resources, Nigeria should be the foremost economic and military power in Africa. This is the natural destiny of the country. Unfortunately, Nigeria has failed to actualise its potential. The country remains from all indices a poor country, with over three-quarters of its population living below the poverty line.
Author Muyiwa FalaiyeSource: Lagos Notes and Records 14, pp 149 –160 (2008)More Less
The struggle for the emancipation of black people all over the world has sometimes drawn the ire of the white world. Although attacked immediately as 'reverse racism' by the same official organs of white society which later found it expedient to support programs like black capitalism, black empowerment, the popular concept of 'black power' captured the imagination for black people, whether on the continent or in the Diaspora in the last three decades of the 20th century.