Folklore and History: Twin Rivers of World Heritage is a scholarly overview
of the impact of folklore across several continents. This slim volume matches the folklore traditions of the Babur-Bura in
north-eastern Nigeria with those of other countries, including the U.S, UK, Croatia, Jamaica, China and Sri Lanka. It not
only shows that folklore is a worldwide oral tradition whose roots could be empirically traced in history but makes a synoptic
case for creativity in the re-telling of tales
Current studies in oral literature - or what
the Ugandan Scholar, Pio Zirimu, termed orature - have underscored the fundamental role folktales play as the earliest school
of the child in many African communities. Folktales are told both for their thrilling entertainment worth and for their educational
value which further enriches the child's appreciation of the culture and history of his community and those of others.
Dr Usman presents folklore as a treasured world tradition and urges that deeper research should be conducted into it with
the same vigour archeologists dig deep into the past. After all, he construes, history and folklore are interconnected rivers
that flow into the same sea.