Chinua Achebe: Oral traditions

Black Star Journal posts on a recent comment by Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe who does not believe there is “there would be no cause for concern if oral storytelling died out.” He said “Oral storytelling was important when I was writing – it may not be important when the next generation is writing,” he said. “Obviously I believe in the importance of stories, but whether oral, or written, or televised, I cannot lay down the law. We are fascinated by the oral tradition, and it's right that we should be fascinated. But if it's not going to work any more in the future, then rather than sit and weep and mourn, why don't we find out what has come to replace it?”

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