International Journal of Advanced Research and Development

International Journal of Advanced Research and Development


International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)

From Anansesem to Anansegoro: 'Literarising' Akan Folktales


Evans Asante, Johnson Edu

The quest for authentic and true African literary dramatic form lingers on. In the bid to correct the impression that literary drama in Africa is an ‘alien form’ has led to a number of experiments by several African playwrights. These playwrights make conscious efforts to explore their local cultural contents, social values and practices to create theatre that is unique to the African situation. This paper is an analysis of how Ghanaian playwrights, particularly Efua T. Sutherland experimented with the Akan folktales otherwise known as Anansesem (tales from the spider) in coming out with a literary dramatic form Anansegoro which is seemingly authentic to the Ghanaian setting. References are made to Efua Sutherland’s The Marriage of Anansewa, Yaw Asare’s Ananse in the Land of Idiots and Martin Owusu’s The Story Ananse Told. The paper further discusses the issue of language and hybridity which seem to be the bane of most African dramatists in their quest towards authentic African theatre.
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Evans Asante, Johnson Edu. From Anansesem to Anansegoro: 'Literarising' Akan Folktales. International Journal of Advanced Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2018, Pages 348-353
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