Stephen Oladele Solanke

Stephen Oladele Solanke
Ajayi Crowther University · Department of English

BA.Ed, M.Ed, MA, PhD

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December 2013 - August 2017
Elizade University, Ilaramokin, Nigeria
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  • Professor (Associate)
January 2012 - December 2013
Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Nigeria
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2012 - December 2013
Ajayi Crowther University
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  • Lecturer

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From immemorial, marriage has been regarded as the union of a man and a woman to live together for love, procreation and social acceptance (The Bible-Genesis 2:14, Ephesians 5:33, The Quran-2:187, 30:21). In the African world, especially among Nigerians, this is not different. Contemporary Nigerian marriage ceremonies, the subject of this paper, re...
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The Nigerian political milieu has, for more than five decades since independence, been bedevilled by adventurist civilian and military leaders, coups d'état, and a seemingly 'docile' citizenry (who receive the 'fallout' of bad governance). This political landscape saw a handful of democratic governments (two overthrown by putsch). These leadership...
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The lack of local literature bedevilled African and Nigerian literatures for a long time. This contributed in no small measure to a few critics averring that Africa and Nigeria lack literature of any major type especially of the traditional form. The twentieth century Onitsha Market Literature in Nigeria which came in pamphlets, novellas, and chap-...
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Man's inhumanity to man is perpetrated through diverse agencies. Twentieth-century South African apartheid was based on racial divides. To fight this discrimination, the Blacks went into struggle against the ruling Whites. To Athol Fugard et al., in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, a community that cannot fight openly because of fear of arrests, tortures and d...
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This article probes the powerlessness of human beings in natural and uncontrolled human phenomena. For people to be free from all levels of avowed oppression, they must understand the iconic symbols involved in the how and why of their ‘imprisonment’. This submission, substantiated with reference to Rousseau and Karl Max, avers that ‘man is born fr...
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Oppression of man by man has been a common phenomenon from time immemorial. This subjugation has mostly been subtle, insidious and debilitating, especially of the oppressed and the common people. This paper examines the apartheid South African world in Sizwe Bansi is Dead, and exposes tacit, discreet but mythically destructive avenues that Athol Fu...
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Introduction Babafemi Adeyemi Osofisan,a contemporary and Marxist-oriented Nigerian writer, goes by the pseudonym ofOkinbaLaunko. Known as a novelist, playwright and essayist(Adeyemi 2012), most of his workslikeKoleraKolej(1975), Twingle-Twangle A-TwynningTayle(1992), Tegonni: An African Antigone(1999),and others are foregrounded in a "critique of...
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Solanke is a lecturer of Oral Literature and African Literature at the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Ajayi Crowther University. His works are basically concentrated on extricating and encouraging the hidden tendency of humankind to correct social ills through intrinsic embedded goodness in pursuit of an egalitarian society where all...
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Over the eons, man has posed asspeaking for and on behalf of God and Tradition. His assumed positions on social issues, therefore, are regarded as infallibles. Polygamy as one of the issues is advantageous for male. This paper discusses, through a sociological consideration of Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter and the effects of polygamy, that a positi...
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Creating myths and mythologies out of facts and fictions has been known to man for a long time. The practice of using them for freedom struggle is something very recent, amongst the many situations they are intended for. This position, taken to a higher level, is predominant in Ebrahim N. Hussein’s Kinjeketile: creating new myths from the old to fi...
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Society has always been developed by conservatives and the progressives under differing ideologies. Usually both hold to diverse mythic traditions which influence their world-views. This is extremely reflected in 'Zulu Sofola's Wedlock of the Gods. The two main characters (and a few others) become epitomes of an ideology wanting development while o...
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The study of myths has generated critical attentions as scholars have attempted to discern encoded meanings behind the different codes designed to pass on messages, secular or spiritual, across generations. This paper, through the examination of Efua T. Sutherland‟s The Marriage of Anansewa, situates mythic tendencies and reveals mythographic meani...

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I am working on this with another researcher. This is what the abstract looks like. From immemorial, marriage has been regarded as the union of a man and a woman to live together for love, procreation and social acceptance (The Bible - Genesis 2:14, Ephesians 5:33, The Quran - 2:187, 30:21). In the African world, especially among Nigerians, this is not different. Contemporary Nigerian marriage ceremonies, the subject of this paper, reflect a link between tradition and modernity. The process demands the new couple have enough finance to marry and to see them through life the many months after the marriage ceremonies. Steps involved in the marriage process are many and daunting. Each involves huge sums of finance: Initial Introduction of the two families; Engagement (Traditional Marriage); Registry (Court Marriage); Church (Christian/White) Marriage / Mosque (Islamic / Nikkah) Marriage; and Reception (for refreshment) amongst others. This paper contends that the financial implications involved are so enormous that young men are dilly-dallying over getting married. This situation is worsened by economic situations in the country. Many eligible and willing men are unemployed despite their academic qualifications. Therefore, many young unmarried females are wasting away. It is averred that the most effects are felt immediately after the marriage ceremony in the lives of the couples. Using the descriptive analysis, this paper examines the issue in view of the socio-economic and marital problems posed by this situation (at the pre and post marriage positions). This paper submits that changes must start to occur to make the Nigerian marriage process and marital life more welcoming, affordable, and attractive to the to-be-wedded and the newly-wedded.