African Stories

For Preachers and Teachers

Author: Joseph G. Healey

Publisher: Paulines Publications Africa


Category: Christian life

Page: 152

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African Stories

Author: Doris Lessing

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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Long considered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s best collection of short stories, African Stories—a central book in the work of a truly beloved writer—is now back in print. This beautiful collection is an homage to her twenty-five years spent in Africa and a brilliant portrait of African life. This is Doris Lessing’s Africa—where she lived for twenty-five years and where so much of her interest and concern still resides. Here in these stories, Lessing explores the complexities, the agonies and joys, and the textures of life in Africa. First published in 1965, and out of print since the 1990s, this collection contains much of Ms. Lessing’s most extraordinary work. It is a brilliant portrait of a world that is vital to all of us—perceived by an artist of the first rank writing with passion and honesty about her native land. African Stories includes every story Doris Lessing has written about Africa: all of her first collection, This Was the Old Chief’s Country; the four tales about Africa from Five; the African stories from The Habit of Loving and A Man and Two Women; and four stories featured only in this edition. African Stories represents some of Doris Lessing’s best work—and is an essential book by one of the twentieth century’s most important authors.

Moral Lessons in African Folktales

Author: Kwame A. Insaidoo

Publisher: AuthorHouse


Category: Fiction

Page: 276

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This book challenges us to take a cursory glance at our contemporary world, where modern man’s scientific and technological ingenuity has led him to soar thorough the galaxy and made the heavens part of his domain; and contrast that with his level of morality today. Open any newspaper or listen to the radio and television news and you can’t help but lament on the appalling moral depravity and obscene behavior of our contemporary man. With this intractable moral depravity on the ascendancy, the author nostalgically reminiscences the upright morality of yesteryears, and admonishes us to heed Plato’s philosophical advice: ‘now since men are by nature acquisitive, jealous, combative, and erotic, how shall we persuade them to behave themselves? By the policeman’s omnipresent club? {now, AK 47}. It is a brutal method, costly and irritating. There is a better way, and this is by lending to the moral requirements of the community. Throughout this book the author emphasizes the significance of proper moral education in shaping the character of children, youngsters and even adults, and reminds us: ‘morals are the rules by which society exhorts its members and associations to behavior consistent with its 'order, security and growth’ {Will & Ariel Durant}. The author noted that in traditional African societies, the wise elders, like the ancient Greek philosophers, strongly emphasized the teachability of moral values and deliberately inculcated them into their youngsters. The stories in this book are folktales filled with moral lessons that have been handed down from many generations to the present in many African countries from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroons, Liberia, the Gambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania to Zimbabwe. The traditional African elders successfully utilized these folktales to socialize their youngsters to the moral requirements of their society to insure stability, harmonious relations, order, security and growth.


Author: Celestine E. Ebegbulem

Publisher: AuthorHouse


Category: Art

Page: 48

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Introduction to African Stories by Moonlight. The most memorable evenings I had as a child were those in which, together with other children, I listened to adults tell us stories which were often accompanied with rhythmic and delightful songs. When I started raising my own family in the city, my children looked forward to those nights when we would regale them with those stories and songs. I noticed then that many urban children were not exposed to these stories, as they were no longer in the environment in which they were told. It was after I did some studies on Indigenous African Education as a Visiting Scholar in the African Studies Center at UCLA, that I realized the molding influence of these stories on our character. Storytelling, of course, was a basic ingredient for traditional African education. I have therefore decided to share some of these stories with those children of African descent who are now away from the environment where they are told. Children and adults of other cultures will enjoy these stories, and learn from the wisdom embedded in them. The enthusiastic reception given to them by the multicultural classes to which I read them in the Long Beach Unified School District in California, further encouraged me to seek to publish them. I have written ten short stories in a language suitable for school readers, and a wider audience. If these stories help to revive storytelling in homes and communities, one objective for writing this book shall have been achieved. For the benefit of teachers who want to use the book to teach English, social studies, or multicultural studies, and for the benefit of families who would like to use the book for entertainment and learning, comprehension questions and answers have been prepared on each of the stories. These are available from [email protected]

African Folktales

Author: Roger Abrahams

Publisher: Pantheon


Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A collection of Africa’s most cherished folktales, including myths of creation, tales of epic deeds, ghost stories and tales set in both the animal and human realms. Featuring beautiful black and white illustrations throughout, this Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library edition brings nearly one hundred stories from over forty tribe-related myths to life. An essential collection of stories from across Africa that will enchant readers of all ages.

Random Walk

Modern African Stories

Author: Jamela Basani Hoveni

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing


Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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Most stories written about Africa focus on war and poverty, neglecting to show that Africa is a diverse continent with large cities and a growing middle class. Africa?s massive and expanding population is also diverse, so the stories in this book bring out that diversity by exploring complex themes and ideas. Random Walk: Modern African Stories presents six tales of adult fiction. The stories are independent and are set in different African towns and cities, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, and Luanda. The story collection features Africans from all walks of life, and covers such themes as spiritualism, and HIV/AIDS and its socioeconomic impact. The book also surveys the issues of economic refugees, depression and other mental health issues, social networking, and love. These stories use fiction to create awareness about topical issues and could become an impetus to activism. Random Walk is entertaining with a healthy amount of humour. Today?s Africa is a compelling continent where modernity meets tradition, and prejudice and oppression meet freedom and equality.

Forgotten African stories

including Who is to follow Tortoise? ; The story of mistletoe

Author: Tunde Akingbade

Publisher: Tin Tune (Nig.) Services


Category: Social Science

Page: 36

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Oral-Style South African Short Story in English

A. W. Drayson to H. C. Bosman

Author: Craig MacKenzie

Publisher: Rodopi


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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This study deals with a particular kind of short story in South African English literature - a kind of story variously called the fireside tale, tall tale, skaz narrative or (the term used here) the 'oral-style' story. Most famously exemplified in the Oom Schalk Lourens narratives of Herman Charles Bosman, the oral-style story has its roots in the hunting tale and camp-fire yarn of the nineteenth century and has dozens of exponents in South African literature, most of them long forgotten. Here this neglect has been addressed. A.W. Drayson's Tales at the Outspan (1862) provides a point of departure, and is followed by discussions of works by William Charles Scully, Percy FitzPatrick, Ernest Glanville, Perceval Gibbon, Francis Carey Slater, Pauline Smith, and Aegidius Jean Blignaut, all of whom used the oral-style story genre. In the work of Herman Charles Bosman, however, the South African oral-style story comes into its own. In his Oom Schalk Lourens figure is invested all of the complexity and 'double-voicedness' that was latent - and largely dormant - in the earlier works. Bosman demonstrates his sophistication particularly in his metafictional use of the oral-style story. The study concludes with a discussion of the use of oral forms in the work of more recent black writers - among them Bessie Head, Mtutuzeli Matshoba, and Njabulo Ndebele.

An African Story (A Roald Dahl Short Story)

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Penguin UK


Category: Fiction


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An African Story is a short, gripping story of life in wartime from Roald Dahl, the master of the shocking tale. In An African Story, Roald Dahl, one of the world's favourite authors, tells us the twisted tale of the dog killer, the missing milk, the old man and the snake. An African Story is taken from the short story collection Over to You, which includes nine other dramatic and terrifying tales of life as a wartime fighter pilot, and is drawn from Dahl's own experiences during the Second World War. This story is also available as a Penguin digital audio download read by Cillian Murphy. Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.