D.A.N. Jones, 7 July 1983
Show More Africa Dances by Geoffrey Gorer.
Penguin, 218 pp., £2.95, January 1983, 0 14 009502 0Show More
Nigerian Kaleidoscope by Rex Niven.
Hurst/Archon, 278 pp., £13.50, January 1983, 0 905838 59 9Show More
Stepping-Stones by Sylvia Leith-Ross, edited by Michael Crowder.
Peter Owen, 191 pp., £10.95, February 1983, 0 7206 0600 4Show More
Female and Male in West Africa edited by Christine Oppong.
Allen and Unwin, 402 pp., £18.50, April 1983, 0 04 301158 6Show More
Memories of Our Recent Boom by Kole Omotoso.
Longman, 232 pp., £1.50, May 1983, 0 582 78572 3Show More
“... When I took up work in Nigeria, the day after their Independence ceremony of 1960, I had with me two old British books to introduce me to the country – or, at least, to my seniors’ appreciation of it. They were as different, almost, as Cocteau and Baden-Powell. One was picturesque and picaresque, Africa Dances: A Book about West African Negroes, published by Geoffrey Gorer in 1935 when he was 30, after a rather Waugh-like tour of French and British territories: he had been guided by Féral Benga, a ballet dancer from Senegal whom he had met in Paris ...”