Children Literature (Prose Fiction)

Posted by on 12/9/2005 10:27:14 AM
Post Comment Children Literature (Prose Fiction) Nigeria

There is a sizeable number of children story books by Nigerian authors. Fayose, who compiled a bibliography of children's books published in Nigeria since 1960 for the Nigerian Book Development Council, said in 1986 that she had listed over three hundred titles, many of which were prose fiction. The authors fall into two categories, namely, those who are established novelists but who also write children's prose fiction, like Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi and Onuora Nzekwu, and those who write exclusively for children, like Kola Onadipe, Christie AdeAjayi and Kemi Morgan. Some of the children prose fiction are modern stories like Nzekwu's Eze Goes to School (1963) and Christie Ade Ajayi's Me, Our Naughty Little Brother. They are stories about children every day experiences at home and at school put in contexts which they can easily empathise with. The majori ty of the stories are, however, folktales straight from traditional culture with slight modifications or re worked with a modem setting and more contempo rary characters. Such are Kemi Morgan's How Tortoise Captured the Elephant (1966), Ekwensi's The Boa Su/to/-(1966) Iroaganachi's The Sunbird Drum (1977) and Kola Onadipe's The Magic Land of the Shadows (1970). These stories are often set in spirit-land with the supernatural as the prevailing ethos.

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