Publisher: African Studies Association

Reading The Diary of Akinpelu Obisesan In Colonial Africa

Olufunke Adeboye
KEYWORDS: Reading the Diary of Akinpelu Obisesan in Colonial Africa

ABSTRACT:

This article considers the private diary not just as a historical source or literary text, but mainly as a symbolic cultural creation with sociological and psychological dimensions. The multiple identities of Akinpelu Obisesan, a member of the colonial intelligentsia in Ibadan, are analyzed, giving us insight into the transformations in Yoruba masculinity in the colonial period and his own attempts at self-invention. The article also emphasizes the overlap between the personal and the general: between the private and the public domains and how the diarist straddles, and is in turn affected by, sociocultural currents reverberating from these two sites.




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