Library Journal - Library JournalKent State professor and storyteller Offodile gathered these folktales, some familiar and some new, from Nigeria (his homeland) and other West African countries. His goal was to collect the stories of the elders before they were completely forgotten. Offodile introduces the collection with a brief discussion of the varied cultures of the region and the function of both story and teller in these societies. The tales are then arranged by country in alphabetical order, each section beginning with a map showing the country's continental location and a page of basic information on its geography and society. There are far more stories from Offodile's native Nigeria than from anywhere else, but the entire region is represented. A glossary and an index of stories by subject is included. Recommended as a solid edition of folktale collections for public and academic libraries, this is also appropriate for middle and high school libraries. Katherine Kaigler-Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
BooknewsIn this collection of 41 stories from West Africa, each country is presented by several stories, a map, and country statistics on size, population, ethnic groups, and languages. An introduction explores the roots of the storytelling tradition in the history and culture of West Africa. To compile these tales, Offodile, a professor at Kent State University, drew from his own childhood experiences growing up in West Africa and interviewed village elders who remembered old stories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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