p’Bitek Okot
#4333 Overall Influence

p’Bitek Okot

Ugandan poet

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Okot p’Bitek was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised. Song of Lawino was originally written in the Acholi dialect of Southern Luo, translated by the author into English, and published in 1966. It was a breakthrough work, creating an audience among anglophone Africans for direct, topical poetry in English; and incorporating traditional attitudes and thinking in an accessible yet faithful literary vehicle. It was followed by the Song of Ocol , the husband’s reply.

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University of Oxford
University of Oxford

Collegiate research university in Oxford, England

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University of Bristol
University of Bristol

Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom

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University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin

Public research university in Austin, Texas, United States

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Aberystwyth University

University in Wales

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Notable Works

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  • Song of Lawino

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#9982 World Rank
Literature