This book examines the depiction of the Delta region of Nigeria through literature and other cultural art forms.

The Niger Delta has been thrust into the global limelight due to resource extraction and conflict, but it is also a region with a rich culture, environment, and heritage. The creative imagination of the area’s artists has been fuelled by the area’s pressing concerns of indigenous peoples, minority discourse, environmental degradation, climate change, multinational corporations' greed, dictatorship, and people’s struggle for control of their resources. Taking a holistic approach to the Niger Delta experience, this book showcases artistic responses from literature, visual arts, and performances (such as masquerades, dances, and festivals). Chapters cover authors, artists, and performers such as Ben Okri, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Isidore Okpewho, J.P. Clark, and Bruce Onobrakpeya, as well as topics like the famous Benin bronze figures and Urhobo Udje dance.

Affirming the wealth and diversity of the region which continues to inspire creative artistic productions, The Literature and Arts of the Niger Delta will be of interest to researchers of African literature, arts, and other cultural productions.

part |50 pages

Oratures and traditional festivals

chapter 3|12 pages

Form and content of Ibibiod traditional festivals

Ekpo, Ekpe and Mbopo

chapter 4|12 pages

Traditional Ijo poetry

chapter 6|13 pages

Urhobo udje

An indigenous satiric genre

part |42 pages

Visual arts

chapter 7|13 pages

Benin art

Changes through time and space

chapter 8|14 pages

Urhobo culture and modernism

Configuring mutual reinforcements in the art of Bruce Onobrakpeya

chapter 9|13 pages

Art for land and water

Notes on Urhobo and their neighbors

part |39 pages

Popular culture

chapter 10|13 pages

Cosmopolitans at one with homeland

Niger Delta popular musicians from Rex Lawson and Victor Uwaifo to Omawumi and Burna Boy

chapter 12|11 pages

“Warri no dey carry last”

The Niger Delta in Nigeria’s stand-up comedic imaginary

part |48 pages

Conflict literature

chapter 16|11 pages

“The perfection of chaos”

Heeding the nostalgic imperative in selected works by Ben Okri

chapter 17|12 pages

From the Niger Delta’s viewpoint

The Nigerian Civil War literature

chapter 18|11 pages

Bearing witness

A taxonomy of dissent in J.P. Clark-Bekederemo’s plays

part |36 pages

Of writers and personages

chapter 22|12 pages

Passivity and agency

The dilemma of female characters in the works of Zulu Sofola, Buchi Emecheta, and Tess Onwueme