Onitsha Market Literature

Bibliography of writings on Nigerian market literature :
a sequel

Compiled by
Kenneth P. Lohrentz
African Studies Librarian
University of Kansas Libraries

Note.—This bibliography is a sequel to "Bibliography of writings on Nigerian market literature," in Market literature from Nigeria : a checklist, ed. by Peter Hogg and Ilse Sternberg, pp. xiii-xix (London : British Library, 1990).  Hogg & Sternberg is the standard bibliographic work both of and about Onitsha market literature.  The bibliography cited above includes 89 sources about the genre that were published or written prior to 1985.  The compilation below lists sources written since that date and also includes a few earlier works not included in Hogg & Sternberg’s bibliography.

The various compilations of Bernth Lindfors’ Black African Literature in English, spanning most of the period covered by this listing, were invaluable for this project.  Other standard bibliographies, including the African Studies Abstracts (Leiden), the International African Bibliography (London), and the Africa Bibliography (Manchester and Dover, NH), were also consulted.  Bibliographic databases utilized included WorldCat, Dissertation Abstracts Online, the Africana Conference Paper Index, and the online catalog of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.

The compiler wishes to acknowledge the valuable assistance of Joy Wrolson, Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theatre and Film, University of Kansas, in the compilation of this bibliography.

A., T.  “Ekwensi roots for Onitsha brand.”  Sunday Times  (Lagos) 3 March 1991: 3.

Emphasizes the importance of popular literature in a speech on “The Creative writer and the challenge of the moment.

Adinuba, C. Don.  "Onitsha market literature.”  Manchester Guardian  11 April 1987: 13; 18 April 1987: 13; 25 April 1987: 13.

Ajayi, Femi.  "Youth novels : Longman sounds the gong.”  Daily Times (Lagos) 18 July 1987: 13.

Akosa, Chike.  Heroes & heroines of Onitsha.  1st ed.  Onitsha : The Author, 1987.

Anon.  "Popular literature killed.”  Sunday Nation (Nairobi) 16 February 1986: 11.

Anya, Udegbunem, and Lee Nichols.  Udegbunem Anya, Nigeria (Onitsha market writer) [sound recording].  [Washington, D.C.] : Voice of America [1975-1979?]

The author discusses the pulp fiction that he wrote in the 1950’s in the Onitsha market genre.  He reads from one of his short novels and comments on the early beginning of literature in modern Nigeria.

Bastian, Misty Laurette.  "The World as marketplace : historical, cosmological, and popular constructions of the Onitsha market system (Igbo, Nigeria).”  Thesis (Ph.D.)—University of Chicago, Cultural Anthropology, 1992.

Chukukere, Gloria Chineze.  Gender voices and choices : redefining women in contemporary African fiction.  Enugu, Nigeria : Fourth Dimension Pub. Co., 1995.

Includes a chapter on "Onitsha market literature : the chapbook heroine.”

Coulon, Virginia.  "Onitsha goes national : Nigerian writing in Macmillan’s pacemaker series.”  Research in African Literatures 18 (1987): 304-319.

Eleurius, E. John.  "Ogali A. Ogali’s Veronica my daughter, a classical representative of popular literature in Nigeria.”  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the African Literature Association, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1982.  

Gomwalk, Philemon Victor.  "Aspects of language use in the Onitsha pamphlet literature : a systematic approach.”  Thesis (M.A.)—Ahmadu Bello University, 1986.

Griswold, Wendy.  Bearing witness : readers, writers, and the novel in Nigeria.  Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2000.

Discusses the "Onitsha phenomenon” in the broader context of post-war literary developments in Nigeria.

Hogg, Peter, and Ilse Sternberg.  Market literature from Nigeria : a checklist.   London : British Library, 1990.

Igwebueze, Frank.  "Ogali Ogali : the undisputed king of Onitsha market literature.”  National Concord (Lagos) 10 (October 1988): 5.

Kahmann, Annette.  "Beward of women! : presentations of women in Onitsha market literature.”  Nommo 2, no. 1 (1985): 40-48.

Lindfors, Bernth.  Popular literatures in Africa.  Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, c1991.

See pp. 23-33: "Postwar popular literatures in Nigeria.”

Newell, Stephanie. "From the brink of oblivion : the anxious masculinism [sic] of Nigerian market literatures,” Research in African literatures  27, (1996): 50-67.

__________.  Readings in African popular fiction.  London ; Bloomington : International African Institute in association with Indiana University Press, 2002.

Includes two articles previously published in other sources: "Onitsha market literature,” / by Donatus Nwoga and "The Role of the publisher in Onitsha market literature / by Don Dodson.

Nichols, Lee.  "An Onitsha market writer.”  African Literature Association Bulletin (Edmonton) 16, no. 2 (1990): 83.  

Nikiforova, Irina D.  "The Development and distinctive features of forms of the novel in African literature.”  Research in African Literatures 18 (1987): 422-433.

Obi, Amanze.  "Onitsha market literature revisited.”  Manchester Guardian  18 August 1991: B5.

Oyiliagho, Victor.  "Obiechina sounds knell on Onitsha literature.”  Manchester Guardian 17 November 1987: 13.

Says it died with the Nigerian civil war.

Porter, Gerald.  "Market forces : Onitsha pamphlets and the postcolonial experience.”  In Signs and signals : popular culture in Africa, ed. by Raoul Granqvist, 173-181.  Umea : Acta Universitatis Umensis, 1990.

Post, K. W. J.  "Nigerian pamphleteers and the Congo.”  Journal of Modern African Studies 2, no. 3 (Nov. 1964): 405-418.  

Ricard, Alain.  "La littérature d’Onitsha.”  Année Africaine (1978): 387-396.

Rubenstein, Joseph.  "On Nigerian pop culture.”  Dialectical anthropology  3 (1978): 261-267.

Sander, Reinhard.  "Attitudes towards science and technology in African trivial literature : the example of Onitsha market literature.”  In Cultural development, science, and technology in Sub-Saharan Africa,” ed. by Klaus Gottstein and Gotz Link, 131-139.   Baden-Baden : Nomos, 1986.

Schipper, Mineke.  Afrikaanse letterkunde.  Utrecht : Spectrum, 1983.

Covers Onitsha writing.

Schmied, Josef J.  English in Africa : an introduction.  London and New York : Longman, 1991.

Includes a chapter on Onitsha writers.

Seiler-Dietrich, Almut.  Die Literaturen Schwartzafrikas : eine Einführung.  Munich : Beck, 1984.

Thometz, Kurt.  The important book of Nigerian market literature : a bibliography.  [New York?] : The Author, [1990-1998?]

__________.  Life turns man up and down : high life, useful advice, and mad English : African market literature.  1st ed.  New York : Pantheon Books, 2001.





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