Thursday, June 12, 2008

Stories from Alawiye

Phetolo wrote to ask "May u pls send me the origin of the story about how the chimpanzees bottom got swollen and red."

Well, this was one of the stories that I remembered just a small fragment of, but I clearly remember where I knew the story from. It was one of the stories that I learned from Alawiye (by J.F. Odunjo), the textbook that we used for Yoruba when I was in primary school. I can't remember if it was from apa kini, apa keji or apa keta (part 1, part 2 or part 3). But all I could remember from the story was Su dundun which my best effort translated to "Give me sweet feces."

One of the first books I intended to get were the Alawiye series, so I asked my sister in Nigeria to get them for me. She told me that the books she saw did not have "all those stories". I still haven't obtained a copy and I haven't verified that statement.

Someone else eventually refreshed my memory of this story. Thank you Id.

As far as story origin, it's from the Yoruba people of West Africa (that's why it was in a Yoruba textbook, right?)



Hey, glad to see you blogging again. Hope all is well!

folktaler said...

All is well. Great, actually. Still trying to figure out a website/blog update routine that works for me. Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement.

Anonymous said...

How can I get a copy of the Alawiye books?

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for years both in Nigeria and out. Seems some universities in the US ave them in their libraries in micro film

If u have find let me know. Old Luke

olubukola said...

also amazon. its a shame we have to buy it from oyside. i know there are some yoruba LITERATURE at tera kulture in lagos but im not sure of this. i bopught the history of yoruba people from tera kulture