Literatures of the African Diaspora

Yemi Ogunyemi

A collection of essays that trace the influence of African culture and literature on literature of the world. In this very comprehensive volume Ogunyemi traces the influences of African literatures across the six continents of the world. This book offers one many wonders and will definitely change the way one thinks about the concept of a 'national' literature.

"Literatures of the African Diaspora is an interesting journey across time, languages, and cultures. Ogunyemi introduces many Black authors from throughout the world. He makes it clear that Africa has had an influence on the world for centuries. It is through the now far away daughters and sons that the spirits of the African griots continue to live...I was appreciative of the author's ambitious research. I was also thankful to read of the many Black authors who contribute to the literary landscape of this world." —L. Raven James of The RAWSISTAZ (TM) Reviewers, May 21, 2004


"It, indeed, proves that African literatures are, without mincing words, a fountainhead of literary divergence." —Joshua 'Kunle Awosan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Yemi Ogunyemi

Yemi D. Ogunyemi, who is the son of Matilda and Chief Reuben Ogunyemi, hails from Nigeria. His first book of poetry Trans-Continental Poems appeared in 1974 and since then he has authored over forty titles of literary works, ranging from fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's literature. In 1990, he won the Golden Trophy for his literary work. From 1983-1993, he was the Director of the Institute of Creative Writing, where he devoted his time and energy on research and advances in the theory of narrative philosophies. Literatures of the African Diaspora, which covers six continents, traces the influences of African literature in the world. This book was his major research project while at Harvard University. He is the founder of the Institute of Yoruba/African Narrative Philosophies and Diaspora Press of America, which encourages young writers. In addition, he is busy trying to establish The International Independent University of Nigeria and The Academe of the Diaspora.