The Ozidi Saga

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The Ozidi Saga is a choreographed folklore epic performed as part of the oral history of the Ijaw of the Niger River Delta.

It is traditionally performed as a periodic festival honoring the hero Ozidi. The performance dramatized key episodes in the myth danced in a nonlinear narrative, allowing a ritual officiant dressed in white and holding objects traditionally identified with the hero to solicit participation by acolytes and audience. A performance in 1966 was filmed and later transcribed and translated by playwright and poet John Pepper Clark.

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  • Okpewho, Isidore. 2014. Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. 279 pages. ISBN 978-1580464871
  • Okpewho, Isidore. The Art of The Ozidi Saga. Research in African Literatures Volume 34, Number 3.
  • Clark-Bekederemo J. P. (trans.) The Ozidi Saga. Howard University Press 1991 ISBN 0-88258-108-2.