Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon: Parallels between Akan Ananse Stories and Yoru?ba? I?ja?pa? Tales: Structure, Function, Content and Worldview
December 4, 2014: 9:00AM
In Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s 1963 “African Genius” speech inaugurating the official opening of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), professors and lecturers were exhorted to pursue the study of Africa – beyond arbitrary territorial or regional boundaries – in new African-centred ways to reveal Africa’s underlying unity. How can Ananse and I?ja?pa? stories be understood within an African framework of deep thought “in entire freedom from the propositions and pre-suppositions of the colonial epoch” or “neo-colonial” epoch, as it were, as required by Nkrumah? In this presentation, we reveal connections with regard to the worldview, structure, function and content of Akan and Yoru?ba? stories using dikenga, the cosmogram of the Bako?ngo, as a tool for oral literary analysis revealing intertextual parallels through space and time. We highlight six (6) sets of stories common to both Akan and Yoru?ba? people differentiated simply by the main character being the spider or the tortoise. Further, we show how the stages of transformation of any story can be gainfully analysed using the proposed dikenga theory of literary analysis. We find that this approach can be generalized to shift our concepts of “storylines” and “timelines” to reveal the patterned and cyclical nature of material and immaterial phenomena for, according to Ko?ngo teaching, “nothing exists that does not follow the steps of the cyclical Kongo cosmogram” (Fu-Kiau 1994).
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the presenter in a private academic capacity and do not necessarily represent the views of the Institute of African Studies.
Transformations through Study Abroad: My ExperienceO?ba?de?le? Kambon, PhDCIEE 20th Anniversary28 November 2014 ||| 3:00PMUniversity of Ghana - International House
Dr. O?ba?de?le? KambonDr. Clement AppahDr. Reginald Duah15 October 2014Department of Linguistics Departmental Seminar Series
Linguistics Association of Ghana 2014Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon28th July, 2014University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA)
The song is here: http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/vbtube_show.php?tubeid=685&sti=The-Path-Ralph-MacDonald
ABSTRACT:Ralph McDonald’s song “The Path” is a poignant narrative of the story of enslaved Africans from Africa to the Diaspora and back again through music. Ji?mi S?o?lan?ke??’s poetic verse that opens the song of 17:12 is an interpolation of arguably the most famous Akan drum text ?kwan Atware Asuo – interpreted by Ralph McDonald into English – then translated from English into the Yoru?ba? performance of the poem O??na? La?. S?o?lan?ke?? brings the poem to life in a way that makes it become uniquely its own while paralleling the spirit of the Akan text. In this paper, we will present a stylistic analysis of the literary and oratory tools S?o?lan?ke?? uses to bring his text to life – tools that encapsulate the greater narrative of the song and of Africans in transition returning forward, back to our way.
20th Anniversary of UNESCO Slave Route Project TalkDr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon28th July, 2014Institute of African StudiesKwabena Nketia Conference Hall
Dr Kambon discussing homeschooling in Ghana
Download powerpoint from here: http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/showthread.php/104871-Video-Dr-Obadele-Kambon-Neo-Colonialism-as-an-Impediment?p=114985&viewfull=1#post114985Opening Keynote SpeechSOS Hermann Gmeiner International CollegeModel African Union Conference24 May 2014
Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon - Joy FM Panel Discussion on Cultural Economy - 28 March 2014
Institute of African Studies Lecture on Africanisms in Contemporary English with specific reference to Ebonics in the u.s.IAS Seminar 7 March 2014Dr. Obadele KambonResearch Fellow
The PDF of this Powerpoint presentation can be found here: http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/showthread.php/99217-Video-Dr-Obadele-Kambon-Africanisms-in-Contemporary-English?p=108881#post108881
RESEARCH INTERESTSNominalization of Serial Verbs; Functional-Typological Linguistics focusing on Serial Verb Constructions (SVCs) in African languages; The influence of temporal sequencing (Iconicity) on surface syntactic structures; Word formation processes in African Languages; Historical Linguistics focusing on Reconstructions of Proto-Benue-Kwa; African proverbs in social discourse; Second Language Acquisition; African Language Pedagogy; African Language Curriculum and Resource Development; Issues of Translation in African Languages; African Language Poetry and Oral Literature; African Languages in the Atlantic World.
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Linguistics Association of Ghana 2011: KNUST 8/9/2011 12:00PM Session:On the structure of analytic causatives in AkanReginald Duah and Obadele Kambon
Ọbádélé Kambon, PhD is an unapologetic Afrikan. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana.
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