Niyi Osundare – “The Dire in the Diaspora: African Relocations and the Perils of Displacement”
Niyi Osundare, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, visits UGA for the 2019 African Studies Spring Lecture and for a special poetry reading event on March 4.Widely regarded asone of Africa’s most renowned poets, scholars, and public intellectuals, Osundare has authored more than 18 books of poetry, two books of selected poems, poems in over 70 journals and magazines across the world, four plays, two books of essays, and numerous scholarly articles and reviews. Among his many prizes and recognitions are the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Poetry Prize, the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize (which he won on two different occasions), the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize, theNoma Award (Africa’s most prestigious book award), the Tchicaya U Tam’si Award for African Poetry (generally regarded as Africa’s highest poetry prize), and the Fonlon/Nichols Award for “excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to Human Rights in Africa.”A leading figure in the vanguard for the performance and popularization of written poetry in Nigeria, he maintains a weekly poetry column in Sunday Nation, a prominent, authoritative Nigerian newspaper, and is a frequentcontributor to the media on cultural and social matters. He was also a former guest columnist for Newswatch, a prominent Nigerian news magazine. He has performed his works in many parts of the world, and his poetry has been translated into many languages. He is also a fervent campaigner for Human Rights, social justice, and the environment.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, Auditorium
300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605