Field Work in Ibadan, Western Region (Nigeria): Reverend D. O. Togun of the Baptist Mission
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Yoruba (African people)
Nigeria, Oyo State, Ibadan
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Information from "Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner. Connecting Communities through Language, August 9, 2010-July 24, 2011, Anacostia Community Museum," reads, "Turner traveled through Africa making acquaintances and friends as he had in his earlier research in the Gullah areas of South Carolina and Georgia and in Brazil. In Ibadan, a city in southwestern Nigeria, he met Baptist minister Reverend D. O. Togun who related Yoruba stories in the call-and-response style that Turner recognized as being used by African American ministers in American churches."
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
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