Africa

A scholarly journal devoted to the study of African societies and cultures. Editorial emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to African studies by the inclusion of topics in social sciences, history, the environment, and life sciences. Each i

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 3, Summer

Indian Films and Nigerian Lovers: Media and the Creation of Parallel Modernities
God make him rich so he can go to India. Mallam Sidi, husband of Hotiho. Sidi's ambition is for God to make him rich so he can go to India. Mallam Sidi, husband of Hotiho. His ambition is to see Hotiho. . . Mallam Sidi, husband of Hotiho. He swears if...
Making Up Their Own Minds: Readers, Interpretations and the Difference of View in Ghanaian Popular Narratives
In the mid-1960s Asare Konadu adopted the pen name K. Bediako and submitted several of his 'light and perhaps a little bit educative' novels to the Presbyterian publishing house in Accra; other manuscripts were sent to local newspapers to be serialised...
'Music of Origin': Class, Social Category and the Performers and Audience of Kiba, a South African Migrant Genre
Much of the writing on performance and audience, from that covering oral genres in a barely literate Africa to that analysing the listenership and readership of major newspapers and television stations, is underpinned by the idea that specific genres...
Preliminary Notes on Audiences in Africa
AUDIENCES AS A HISTORICAL PRODUCT There have been audiences, presumably, as long as there has been performance. If, as Richard Bauman suggests, 'performance as a mode of spoken verbal communication consists in the assumption of responsibility to an...
Spirit Media: The Electronic Media and Islam among the Dyula of Northern Cote de'Ivoire
Koko Quarter, Korhogo, 1973. It was late in the afternoon and there was a palpable stir in the community. 'Television! There's television! Come watch the television!' This was a major event for many of the people in the quarter. Although Korhogo was...
The Political Freedom of Video Marketing in Ogbomoso, Nigeria
This article examines the character of Yoruba video viewers, the style of marketing and the politics of choice in Ogbomoso, a Nigerian town located on the northern fringes of Qyo State, and a site in which, as an itinerant trading community, production...
'This Is Actually a Good Interpretation of Modern Civilisation': Popular Theatre and the Social Imaginary in Ghana, 1946-1966
In the past two decades West African popular theatre has been the subject of a growing body of scholarly literature.(1) Researchers have made great strides in representing and analysing a theatre form that is highly ephemeral.(2) They have also persuasively...