Yoruba oral literature and the training of good character: A case study of Yoruba folktale and Yoruba proverbs

Ogunlola, 'Layo (2002-09)


In the first part of this article, an effort was made to show how the foreign authors derogatorily described Africans as people without a literature of their own. The second part examines what literature is and tries to establish the fact that Africans do have their own literature, and their ways of doing things even before the advent of the whitemen. The third and final part explained the role which Folktale and Proverbs (which are types of Yoruba oral literature) play in the training of good character consequent the effects of such training in the life of the child in particular and the society in general.