YABBING AND WORDING, the artistry of Nigerian stand-up comedy

: Nwankwo (I.)

R 260.00
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199pp., paperback, Makhanda, 2021


"I praise the fact that the author adopts an Africanist perspective by evoking from the repository of traditional cultural knowledge to dissect a hybrid ‘art form’ that takes its roots from African oral tradition but whose practice is largely influenced by western traditions. Indeed, the author shows in a unique way that Africanist scholars can derive theoretical views from inherent African practices, and to me, this is ingenious ... This is a beautifully written book. It presents an accessible exposition to the history, practice and cultural effects of Nigerian stand-up comedy." Ibukun Filani, Department of English, Augustine University, Lagos; English Department, Chemnnitz University of Technology, Germany

Theatre scholar, teacher, researcher, and essayist Izuu Nwankwọ is Iso Lomso Postdoctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch University, and a Georg Foster Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He is co-author (with Daniel Hammett and Laura S. Martin) of Beyond Resistance: Humour and politics in Africa (2022).