Ku Nseke and Ku Mpèmba: The Dikènga Theory as Evinced Through Content and Function of Akan Ananse Stories and Yorùbá Ìjàpá Tales
The aim of this paper is to highlight parallels between Akan Ananse stories and Yorùbá Ìjàpá tales. In this
article, connections are made with regard to function and content of Akan and Yorùbá stories using
Dikenga, the cosmogram of the Bakôngo, as a tool for oral literary analysis revealing intertextual
parallels (O_ Kambon, 2017). We highlight six (6) sets of stories common to both Akan and Yorùbá
people differentiated primarily by the main character being the spider or the tortoise. Further, we show
how the stages of transformation of any story can be gainfully analysed using the proposed Dikenga
theory of literary analysis.