n English in Africa - Ibadan and the memory of a generation : from the Poetry Club to the Premier Circle

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902


In the 1960s and the early 1970s, Ibadan was acclaimed as the meeting point for the main actors of the cultural renaissance of postcolonial Anglophone Africa. It was the hive of high literary culture for Nigerian and African writers and artists. After the first political impasse and the Biafran War of 1967-1970, and as the Nigerian nation underwent acute structural adjustment to self-imposed aridity, the image of that glorious hub of creativity shrank and literary readings and performances became limited to the University of Ibadan. I enrolled at the University of Ibadan at the turn of the flamboyant decade. The narrative that follows here is the impression of the rise as well as the dispersal of a generation of writers and scholars.

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