Culture June 08, 2018 at 11:59 am

Five interesting facts about unconventional Nigerian writer, Amos Tutuola

Nduta Waweru June 08, 2018 at 11:59 am

June 08, 2018 at 11:59 am | Culture

Amos Tutuola. Photo: Flogging Babel

Nigeria is one of the African countries with notable writers, including Amos Tutuola.

Tutuola was known for his book The Palm Wine Drinkard, which earned critical acclaim especially because of his unconventional writing style.  The book, which follows the life of an unnamed man who is addicted to palm wine, is written in pidgin English. Western critics have over the years termed the books as ‘primitive’, ‘barbaric or written in ‘young English’.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard was published in 1952.

It took a long while for people to actually appreciate the genius of the book and consequently of the author, who died today in 1997.

Here are a few interesting facts about Tutuola.


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