Onitsha Market Literature consists of stories, plays, advice and moral
discourses published primarily in the 1960s by local presses in the lively
market town of Onitsha, an important commercial site in the Igbo-speaking
region of southeastern Nigeria. In the fresh and vigorous genre of Onitsha
Market Literature, the commoner wrote pulp fiction and didactic handbooks
for those who perused the bookstalls of Onitsha Market, one of Africa's
largest trading centers.
Twenty-one pamphlets from Onitsha Market appear here fully digitized and
annotated to exemplify styles of expression found in this intriguing form of
African popular literature. They are part of a unique collection of 101
pamphlets from Onitsha now held at the Spencer Research Library at the
University of Kansas.
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