Not Yet Season of Blossom

Writing Northern Nigeria into the global space

Authored by: Sule Emmanuel Egya

Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367368340
eBook ISBN: 9780429354229
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429354229-31

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Abstract

My central argument in this chapter is that literature in English from northern Nigeria – since the inception of modern written Nigerian literature in European languages – has suffered a minority status. It is not only a belated entrant to the literary space in Nigeria, it has had to face a regime of domination by literature from the southern part of Nigeria, a situation that has elicited responses from writers, scholars and literary enthusiasts from the north in forms of an association and an annual conference, among others, dedicated to northern Nigerian literature. While in recent times, literature from the north has penetrated the global literary space, having developed steadily over the years, I contend that there is a lot more to do, in terms of institutional support, improved aesthetics and publishing outlets, for the literature to attain the desired level of visibility and recognition.

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