Editor’s Note: intrigued by this case of erasure and “lost history”, I went looking for some of the texts referenced in the article and provide the following links for interested readers:
Gandoki, by Muhammadu Bello 1933 (an “adapted” translation from Hausa – spoken in Niger, Ivory Coast region – under the title of The Adventures of the Warrior Gan’doki was published in 1971. Online version could not be located at this time.
Nnanga-kon by Jean-Louis Njemba Medu, 1932, is available in Worldcat
Forest of a Thousand Daemons by D. O. Fagunwa, 1939, is available in PDF
Woman of the Aeroplanes by Kojo Laing, 1988 can be purchased on Amazon
The Famished Road by Ben Okri, 1991, also on Amazon (Man Booker Prize Winner 1991)