Pio Zirimu

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Pio Zirimu
Born Pio Zirimu
Uganda
Died 1977
Occupation writer, Academic
Nationality Ugandan
Alma mater

Makerere University

King's College Budo
Notable works Black Aesthetics: Papers from a Colloquium Held at the University of Nairobi, June, 1971

Pio Zirimu (died 1977) was a Ugandan linguist, scholar and literary theorist. He is credited with coining the word "orature" as an alternative to the self contadictory term, "oral literature[1] used to refer to the non-written expressive African traditions. Zirimu was also central in reforming the literature syllabus at Makerere University to focus on African literature and culture instead of the English canon.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Zirumu was born in Buganda. He attended high school at King's College Budo, and subsequently went to Makerere University college, and the University of Leeds, where he was a contemporary of Ngugi wa Thiong'o. While at Makerere, Zirimu met Ugandan poet and dramatist Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu. They were to marry a few years later. The marriage produced a daughter.

Teaching[edit]

Zirimu later taught at the Institute of Languages Studies at Makerere, where he was involved in the formulation of standards for judging emergent African literature in the 1960s.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • "An approach to Black Aesthetics", in Pio Zirimu and Andrew Gurr, eds. (1973). Black Aesthetics: Papers from a Colloquium Held at the University of Nairobi, June, 1971. East African Literature Bureau. ISBN 978-0860702573. 
  • "Oracy as a tool of development", in Pio Zirimu and Andrew Gurr, eds. (1973). Black Aesthetics: Papers from a Colloquium Held at the University of Nairobi, June, 1971. East African Literature Bureau. ISBN 978-0860702573.  with Austin Bukenya

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notes towards a Performance Theory of Orature", ohio.edu, 3 September 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Simon Gikwandi, Evan Mwangi (2013). The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945, p. 177. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0231125208.

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