May 28th, 2013

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 14:49

We will always speak of Chinua Achebe.
Let us speak now, of Yaqub al-Kameni.

To speak of the meeting, between the two called Yaqub. One a poet, the other a sultan. The meeting where the latter received the former. Where Yaqub al-Mansur was so impressed - that he gave him permission to teach, in the city of Marrakesh.

Through the late 12th/early 13th centuries; with his teaching in Morocco, and his travels in Spain - he become known as the first sub-Saharan scholar, to have written in Arabic. I mention him whenever I can. First among thousands; dispelling the belief, that literacy came, with those from Europe. I salute Yaqub al-Kameni, of Kanem-Bornu State; a truly Adamic figure, in the creation of African Literature.

We will always speak of Cyprian Ekwensi.
Let us speak now, of Yaqub al-Kameni.
© Natty Mark Samuels, 2013.

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