Journal of English Literature and Culture
International Journal of English Literature and Culture
Vol. 2(11), pp. 277-290, December, 2014
EXPLORING AND BIBLIOGRAPHING THE NIGERIAN ONITSHA MARKET LITERATURE AS POPULAR FICTION
Stephen O. Solanke, PhD.
Department of History and Languages, Faculty of Humanities and Management Sciences, Elizade University,
Ilaramokin, Ondo State, Nigeria. Phone: +2348036661540. E-mail: email@example.com
Accepted 1 December 2014
The lack of local
literature bedevilled African and Nigerian literatures for a long time.
This contributed in no small measure to a few critics averring that
Africa and Nigeria lack literature of any major type especially of the
traditional form. The twentieth century Onitsha Market Literature in
Nigeria which came in pamphlets, novellas, and chap-books is just an
example to disprove this assertion. Within this traditional but regional
literature is a compilation of oral literary sourced works and
documented solutions to modern life issues. It is a potpourri of life
experiences of Nigerians within the colonial and post-colonial life.
This paper, through pedagogical and bibliographical modes, situates the
development and effect of this onerous popular fictional phenomenon as a
relevant precursor to the origin and development of not only present day
Nigerian Literature but also to a large extent, to the Anglophone West
Cite This Article As: Solanke SO (2014). EXPLORING AND BIBLIOGRAPHING THE NIGERIAN ONITSHA MARKET LITERATURE AS POPULAR FICTION. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 2(11): 277-290