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Parallels between Akan Ananse Stories and Yoruba Ijapa Tales: Structure, Function, Content and Worldview

Parallels between Akan Ananse Stories and Yoruba Ijapa Tales: Structure, Function, Content and Worldview 10.00

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 Experience

Transformations through Study Abroad: My Experience 10.00

Transformations through Study Abroad: My Experience
O?ba?de?le? Kambon, PhD
CIEE 20th Anniversary
28 November 2014 ||| 3:00PM
University of Ghana - International House

Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: A question of intervening elements

Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: A question of intervening elements 10.00

Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon
Dr. Clement Appah
Dr. Reginald Duah
15 October 2014
Department of Linguistics Departmental Seminar Series

Chanting YorubAkan: A Stylistic Analysis of Jimi Solanke's "Ona La"

Chanting YorubAkan: A Stylistic Analysis of Jimi Solanke's 10.00

Linguistics Association of Ghana 2014
Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon
28th July, 2014
University 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.

"Legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on the Diaspora"

10.00

20th Anniversary of UNESCO Slave Route Project Talk
Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon
28th July, 2014
Institute of African Studies
Kwabena Nketia Conference Hall

Homeschooling in Ghana

Homeschooling in Ghana 10.00

Dr Kambon discussing homeschooling in Ghana

Dr. Obadele Kambon: Neo-Colonialism as an Impediment

Dr. Obadele Kambon: Neo-Colonialism as an Impediment 10.00

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#post114985
Opening Keynote Speech
SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College
Model African Union Conference
24 May 2014

Dr. Obadele Kambon - Joy FM Panel Discussion on 'CULTURE IN A CHALLENGED ECONOMY'

Dr. Obadele Kambon - Joy FM Panel Discussion on  'CULTURE IN A CHALLENGED ECONOMY' 10.00

Dr. O?ba?de?le? Kambon - Joy FM Panel Discussion on Cultural Economy - 28 March 2014

Dr. Obadele Kambon: Africanisms in Contemporary English

Dr. Obadele Kambon: Africanisms in Contemporary English 10.00

Institute of African Studies Lecture on Africanisms in Contemporary English with specific reference to Ebonics in the u.s.
IAS Seminar 7 March 2014
Dr. Obadele Kambon
Research 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 INTERESTS
Nominalization 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.

View my full CV here: http://www.abibitumikasa.com/CV.pdf

Reginald Duah and Obadele Kambon: Analytic Causatives in Akan

Reginald Duah and Obadele Kambon: Analytic Causatives in Akan 10.00

Linguistics Association of Ghana 2011: KNUST 8/9/2011 12:00PM Session:
On the structure of analytic causatives in Akan
Reginald Duah and Obadele Kambon

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bádélé 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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