Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Nichols mss., 1967 and 1974-1978, consist of tape recorded interviews of African writers. The interviews were conducted by Lee Nichols, 1915- , author and Africanist, for the U.S. Information Agency. Most of those present here were broadcast as a Voice of America series during the summer of 1975.

Included in the collection are interviews with Abdilatif Abdalla of Kenya; Kofi Anyidoho of Ghana; Thomas Alexander Leighton Decker, Sierra Leone; Bessie Amelia Head, South Africa; Akinwumi Isola, Nigeria; Charles Salieu Yusupha Jow, The Gambia; Albert William Kayper-Mensah, Ghana; Euphrase Kezilahabi, Tanzania; Kona Khasu, Liberia; Adwoa Kwegyirba, Ghana; Yulisa Amadu Pat Maddy, Sierra Leone; Ismael Raphael Mbise, Tanzania; Penina Mlama, Tanzania; Bai Tamiah Moore, Liberia; Es'kia Mphahlele, South Africa; Dominic Chola Mulaisho, Zambia; Meja Mwangi, Kenya; Flora Nwapa, Nigeria; Grace Emily Akinyi Ogot, Kenya; Gabriel Inomotimi Gvaingbain Okara, Nigeria; Henry Rufus Ole Kulet; Guillaume Oyono-Mbia, Cameroon; Patu Simoko, Zambia; Ndabaningi Sithole, Zambia; and 'Zulu Sofola, Nigeria.

For an account of how this series of interviews came to take place see African Writers at the Microphone by Lee Nichols, Washington, D.C., Three Continents Press, 1984 (Main PL8010 .N52).

Also present are six reels containing discussions with various writers and artists participating in the Holiday Festival of African Arts, December 18, 1967.

Collection size: 36 items

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