Abiola Irele’s collection of essays, first published in , has established itself as a classic study of modern African literature, its oral traditions, and its cultural. AT age 70, Abiola Irele’s presence in the world of African letters and, more generally, in African intellectual circles, is a commanding, venerable one. As the . The African Literature Association regrets to announce the death of Professor Francis Abiola Irele, 17th president of the association (), and.

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What does Capra’s book say about his systems vision as embracing all reality, as Irele is indicating about the significance of the vision he is presenting?

Has Irele’s work in the last two decades swung decisively in one direction or has he forged a synthesis between the two currents? In other words, at the present time, it is nearly impossible for anyone writing on the topic not to engage or cite Irele if the person wishes to be taken seriously. He is also stating that these ideas are pervasive across what I will call ‘pre-modern’ cultures, though I’m m not sure yet how to define these cultures.

Abiola Irele’s book, The African Imagination is not just compelling, it is an unforgettable read. This stock taking could begin by correlating Irele’s words, published inand summations from Frijof Capra’s latest book, co-written with Pier Luigi Luisi and published in Standing up, he cannot look into the cooking pot.

All one needs to do is correlate the ideas.

With his passing coming on the heels of the demise of Prof. Born May 22,in Ora, he moved to Enugu very early in his life. This stock taking involves outlining the ideas from Orisa thought Yoruba religion and philosophy one wishes to correlate with ideas from science. This act of mediation is demonstrated in terms of the balance between various forms of being, a balance demonstrated through sustaining the stability of existing norms as well as upsetting that stability, at times in ways that lead to establishing another orientation towards the order of things.

Remi Raji captures his tribute to Irele. The expressions and manifestations of this phenomenon are so rampant and pervasive that one can only be selective in one’s enumeration of the phenomenon.

One of the earliest expressions of the topic in Irele’s work is to be found in an influential essay on D. That said, I now come to an aspect of the phenomenon that bears more professionally on Irele’s work in the last two decades.


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Abiola Irele

What is going on here? Irele graduated from Ibadan inand won a zbiola that year, and chose to study in Paris. If it is impossible to overstate how abioal work Irele and I are putting into this project, it is obligatory for me to state here that the initiating ideas for the project were Irele’s, not mine, and that he brought me in as co-editor in order to place such an important project under the collaborative supervision of two scholars who come from different generational cohorts and perhaps reflect diverse ideological and intellectual sympathies.

The previous year, the poet Okigbo had graduated from the Classics, and there had arrived at Ibadan, a young, freshly graduated from Leeds tutor, Martin Banham, who was appointed to Ibadan as a new lecturer in English. But in doing so, it guides all this concrete reality towards the light of the spirit.

After moving to Lagos inhe began to speak Yoruba.

It soon fell upon Abiola Abiiola and J. It is this sense of a duality in the world that is felt as marking life and consciousness for which Yoruba society in particular has found an embodiment in the person of the trickster god, Eshu. Perhaps in time Irele will frontally engage the postmodernists, since his work of the last two decades everywhere shows that it is haunted by them, especially with regard to their influence. His book, The African Imaginationpublished by Cambridge, and now a classic of the field, among the many works he rendered, places Irele at the heights of the modern African canon.

Can you tell us more about it? When he is angry, he weeps tears of blood.

Francis Abiola Irele

I write here of Irele and postmodernism, or rather of Irele in relation to postmodernism; more precisely, I write of Irele and his recoil from postmodernism. For two years, he studied the French Language, and in proceeded to his doctoral at the University of Paris, the Sorbonne, from which he received his PhD in This is why postmodernism is said to be anti-foundationalist and anti-essentialist. Here’s yet another manifestation of the pervasiveness of alienation: West Africa Review 7.

He was a modernist, an intellectual, whose study of the modern era lifts the veil on Africa in a profound and in a most sustained way, as only few have managed to do. How may one proceed?


Abiola Irele – Wikipedia

Click here to sign up. My heartfelt condolence to his wife, Eka, and his children. The interests and research agendas that indicate a movement into new, perhaps seminal grounds in Irele’s work in the last two decades are equally impressive. This unique embodiment of ase is demonstrated in Esu being described as acting as a mediator between all forms of being, humans, non-human spirits and the creator of the cosmos.

In language and discourse, whether or not you’re using your mother tongue or the language s of your colonizers to express your selfhood and its location in the world, the same thing is happening at a fundamental level and this is the fact that you are not expressing a pre-given, preexistent reality; rather, what you are doing is constructing the self, together with its being and becoming, at the aboola moment of speaking or writing.

For him, there were no barriers between disciplines; he moved as easily between literature, sociology, and philosophy, between cultures and languages, and among people of different races iele ethnic groups. But this is precisely the point of postmodernism: Abiola Irele and Negritude Aesthetics: D in French at the University of Paris, Sorbonnein This work is also enriched by comparison with scholarship in classical African philosophies, philosophies that Negritude describes itself as distilling and representing: Meanwhile, it must be acknowledged that this indirect encounter has irel a most salutary effect on Irele’s work of the period precisely by making him to rethink carefully and productively the arguments riele his earlier work with regard to the things that link Anglophone abioka Francophone, riele and written in the literary and cultural experiences of the Black peoples of Africa, Europe and the Americas.

If I have not made Irele’s relocation in the late 80s from the Nigerian university system to the United States the locus of how he has in the last twenty years resolved the tension in his work between the contending currents of integration and alienation, it is precisely because I have in mind the broad profile I have drawn here of the phenomenon of the commonality of alienation and dislocation.