Diedre L. Badejo

Writer, Speaker, and Research Specialist

Non-Fiction Essays, Radio Commentaries, and Documentaries

A brief non-fiction essay about two extraordinary community college women educators who resuscitated my courage to pursue knowledge on my own terms. Published under the pen name, Delia Sebora.


The first full-length original, research study of a major Yoruba goddess, whose traditions are found in West Africa as well as Cuba, Brazil, and the United States.

Contributing Editor

Commissioned by Chelsea House Global Organizations Series, the African Union serves as a guide and textbook to this key African continental organization.

Non-Fiction Essays, Radio Commentaries, and Documentaries

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Selected Academic Publications

Journal Articles

“Birthing Orality in Mother Tongue Ebonics: Sistah Sonia Speaks.” In The Literary Griot, 10,2 (Fall 1998) 85-94.

"African Feminism: Mythical and Social Power of Women of African Descent." Research African Literatures. 29, 2 (Summer 1998) 92-111.

"Òsun Sèègèsí: The Deified Power of African Women and the Social Ideal." in Dialogue & Alliance 9, 2. Fall/​Winter 1995, 55-66.

"Òsun Sèègèsí: The Deified Power of African Women and the Social Ideal." rpt. The Literary Griot 7, 1& 2 Spring 1995, 89-100.

Eloi Coli, Diedre Badejo, Nourou Yacoubou, et Ousseynou Traore (co-authors) “La Porte Sans Retour: Recit Oral de Captivite a L’ile de Goree. The Literary Griot. 1995: 7, 1&2, 1-19.

"African Bibliography: 1989 Annual." Guest Contributing Editor. Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American and African Arts and Letters. Baltimore, Md: JohnsHopkins University Press (Spring 1990).

"Studies of African Literatures: An Annual Annotated Bibliography, 1988." Editor. Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American and African Arts and Letters. Johns Hopkins University Press. (Fall 1989), 848-909.

"The Goddess Osun as a Paradigm for African Feminist Criticism." Atlanta: Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. (Summer 1989), 27-32.

"The Yoruba and Afro-American Trickster: A Contextual Comparison." Paris: Presence Africaine. 3rd Quarterly, (1988) 3-17.

"Of Egungun and Demagogues in Three Works by Wole Soyinka." Black American Literature Forum. (Winter 1988) vol. 22, #4, 663-682.

"Unmasking the Gods: The Egungun Motif in Three Works by Wole Soyinka." Theatre Journal. (May 1987) 204-214.

"Leisurely Reading for Young People." Proceedings of the Association of Nigeria Annual Conference. Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University (1983).

Book Chapters

“Osun: Yoruba Goddess in Nigeria and the African Diaspora.” Goddesses in World Culture: Asia and Africa, v1. Patricia Monaghan (ed). California: Praeger, 2011: 263-276.

“Sango and the Elements: Gender and Cultural Discourses.” Oba Koso: The Images of Sango in West Africa and the African Diaspora. Joel E. Tishken, Toyin Falola, and Akintunde Akinyemi (eds). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009: 111-134.

“The Pathways of Osun as Cultural Synergy.” Orisa Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yoruba Religious Culture. Jacob Olupona and Terry Rey (eds). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, Winter 2008: 250-265.

“Gender Ideology, Global Africa, and the Challenges for Pan-Africanism and Pan-African Studies in the 21st Century. The Place of Research and Studies in the Development of Africa and the African Diaspora. Tunde Babawale (ed) Lagos, Nigeria: The Center for Black and African Arts and Civilization. Concepts Publications Ltd. 2007: 279-317.

“Methodologies in Yoruba Oral Historiography and Aesthetics.” In Writing African History. John Edward Phillips (ed), University of Rochester Press. 2005: 348-373.

“The Arts.” In World Eras Volume 10: West African Kingdoms. Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure (ed). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale Inc. (2004) 97-124.

“Womenfolks: Race, Class and Gender in works by Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison.” In Black Identity in the Twentieth Century: Expression of the US and UK African Diaspora. Mark Christian (ed). London: UK: Hansib Publications Ltd. (2002) 213-233.

“Authority and Discourse in Orin Odun Òsun.” In Osun Across The Waters: A Yorùbá Goddess in Africa and the Diaspora. Joseph M. Murphy and Mei Mei Sanford, (Editors). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (September 2001) 128-140.

“The Orisa Principle: Divining African Literary Aesthetics.” In Orality, Literacy and the Fictive Imagination: African and Diasporan Literatures. Tom Spencer-Walters (Ed.) Troy, Michigan: Bedford Publishers. (1999) 45-70.

"Femininity as a Literary and Social Function of Power In Yoruba Oral Literature." In Religion and Society In Nigeria. Jacob Olupona and Toyin Falola (Eds). Ibadan: University Press, Ltd. (1991) 77-92.

Forewords, Essays, Reviews, and Commentaries

“Preface.” Reconnecting Memories: Dreams No Longer Deferred-New and Selected Poems. Mwatabu Okantah. New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2004.

Iyunolu Folayan Osagie. The Amistad Revolt: Memory, Slavery, and the Politics of Identity in the United States and Sierra Leone. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000. In African American Review. Volume 37, 2-3, 2003, 435-438.

“A Paradox in a Conundrum” Foreword to Multiracial Identities: An International Perspective. Mark Christian. London: MacMillan Publishers, 2000, iv-xvii.

"The Bridges: Africans and Africans In the Diaspora." Accra. Ghana: Uhuru, 4, 3, 1992, 66-68.

“At the Crossroads of Time." An Essay on August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Providence, Rhode Island: Trinity Repertory Theatre, Humanities Booklet #5, February 1989.

"Playing a Blue Note." An essay on August Wilson's Ma Rainy's Black Bottom. Providence, Rhode Island: Trinity Repertory Theater, Humanities Booklet #3, December 1987, 7-11.

"Ijapa: The Trickster Tortoise." (Playbill essay), The Trick Track Tales, a performance of Black World Folklore. Providence, Rhode Island: Rites and Reason Theater, Brown University, May 1986, 3.

"A Giant Statement", a review of Soyinka's 'A Play of Giants', Yale Repertory Theater. In Hantu: Newsletter of the New England Regional Conference on Black Studies. 6,2 (Spring 1985), 4.

"Power and Fertility: A Concept of Women in Yoruba Oral Literature". Nigeria: Women's Magazine. June 1983, 22-25.