Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa
by Toyin Falola
In the quest to promote "universal knowledge" and create Western institutions in Africa, the intellectual contributions of Africans without university certificates or connections to the academy have been maligned, ignored or slighted. Yet, as this book points out, there are African scholars and thinkers without academic credentials who have made profound contributions. Here is a book that shows that intellectual work and influence need not be divorced from the concerns of local communities or deliberately promote narrative inequality and distance. The primary focus here is the intellectual production of the prominent Yoruba intelligentsia outside of the academy. This book analyzes the broad themes of the chroniclers who wrote in Yoruba and English and the contribution of the gurus among them, along with selected primary texts.