African Languages and Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 1 (1993), pp. 49-68

The Role of the Igede Poet Micah Ichegbeh's Adiyah Songs in the Political and Moral Education of His Local Audiences

This article is about how the Igede oral poet, Micah Ichegbeh employs the Adiyah poetry to influence the pattern of political and moral life of his people. Attention focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on his rendition of an Igede legendary tale, ‘The history of Igede’, an account of a war the ancestral fathers of the Igede fought with ‘a fair-skinned’ people known as Ora.

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