Sankofa: engaging a ‘diasporic’ Afrocentrism

Lekan Balogun


Adaptation of canonical works, especially Greek texts and Shakespeare has come across as a way writers help us conceptualize our world through characters who “relate” with us in ways that continue to resonate as well as draw attention to significant questions that bother on our ontology, especially today's world taken over by violence. This paper examines the aesthetics of the rich African and/or Yoruba background and worldview, derived essentially from myth, imposed on some “distant” texts to show how they underline the fact of transnational imagination, cultural transfer and the functional role of the hybrid form (adaptation) in engaging national and global discourse.

Keywords: adaptation, myth, Pan-Africanism, identity, negotiation, dialectics, Africa (ness)

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