Academe's Guilded Stairway
Asked by Dr. Joanne Dowdy to reflect upon my journey to and within higher education, I contributed one of nineteen essays in her edited book, "Connecting the Literacy Puzzle: Linking the Professional, Personal, and Social Perspectives" (2012). It weaves a narrative of experiences growing up in New York City that continue to influence my world views and engagement with our global and education communities.
Osun Seegesi: The Elegant Deity of Wealth, Power, and Femininity
This book examines the myths and meanings of an African goddess whose power is complicated by her femininity and maternalism. Using original source materials and field observation, it challenges readers to explore the intersections of spirituality and gender. The Osun narrative is recounted annually during its August festival in Osogbo, Osun State in Nigeria. Thousands of people attend the event from many countries around the world. The Osun festival and its related activities intertwine the sacred and the secular into a lively cultural event that reinforces its beliefs and values.
The African Union
The book is part of the Chelsea House Series on Global Organizations. It offers insight to the evolution of the African Union from its origins as the Organization of African Unity to the present. Written for mainly for non-specialist readers, the African Union offers background and context for the organization's purpose, structure, mandates, and policies. As a social studies reader, it presents its audience with examples of a few present and future challenges that the AU grapples with and attempts to resolve both diplomatically and organizationally.
Authority and Discourse in Orin Odun Osun
Yoruba women’s authority is woven throughout the social fabric. This chapter is found in a book titled, Osun Across the Waters, edited by Joseph Murphy and Mei Mei Sanford, and published by Indiana University Press in 2002. The collected songs in this article illustrate how these women articulate that authority. The original Yoruba songs with their English translations are included in the analysis of women's authority and agency in Yoruba society.
Creative Literary Works:
"Keeping' the Faith" (short story), Newport, Rhode Island: Newport Review, May 1987.
"The Angel Sang" (short story), Newport, Rhode Island: Newport Review, November 1988.
"Survival Motion" and "Children of Rage." (two poems) In Nelson Mandela Amandla. Amelia Blossom House and Cosmo Pieterse (Eds) Wash., D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1989, 24-29.
"Tokunbo: A Divination Poem." Black American Literature Forum. Volume 23, No. 3, Fall 89, 485-489.
"Revival." A Moment In Time. National Library of Poetry. 1995
"Healing Song." Amherst Review. 1995.
Researcher and Consultant, "African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing." Donna Lawrence Productions for Kentucky Derby Museum, 1993.
Consultant and Interviewer. "The History of Thoroughbred Racing." Donna Lawrence Productions for Kentucky Derby Museum, 1994.
"Leisurely Reading for Young People." Proceedings of the Association of Nigeria Annual Conference. Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University. (1983).
"Unmasking the Gods: The Egungun Motif In Three Works by Wole Soyinka." Theatre Journal. (May 1987) 204-214.
"Of Egungun and Demagogues In Three Works by Wole Soyinka." Black American Literature Forum. (Winter 1988) vol. 22, #4, 663-682.
"The Yoruba and Afro-American Trickster: A Contextual Comparison." Paris: Presence Africaine. 3rd Quarterly, (1988) 3-17.
"The Goddess Osun as a Paradigm for African Feminist Criticism." Atlanta: Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. (Summer 1989), 27-32.
"Studies of African Literatures: An Annual Annotated Bibliography, 1988." Compiler. Callaloo: A Journal of Afro-American and African Arts and Letters. Johns Hopkins University Press. (Fall 1989), 848-909.
"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).
"African Feminism: (Re)Visioning the Social Order." In The Afrocentric Scholar: The Journal of the National Council for Black Studies, January 1, 1992. Morgantown, West Virginia University. pp 183-194.
Eloi Coli, Diedre Badejo, Nourou Yacoubou, et Ousseynou Traore (co-authors) “La Porte Sans Retour: Recit Oral de Captivite a L’ile de Goree. In The Literary Griot. 1995: 7, 1&2, 1-19.
"Òsun Sèègèsí: The Deified Power of African Women and the Social Ideal." rpt. in The Literary Griot 7, 1& 2 Spring 1995, 89-100.
"Òsun Sèègèsí: The Deified Power of African Women and the Social Ideal." in Dialogue & Alliance 9, 2. Fall/Winter 1995, 55-66.
"African Feminism: Mythical and Social Power of Women of African Descent." In Research African Literatures. 29,2 (Summer 1998) 92-111.
“Birthing Orality in Mother Tongue Ebonics: Sistah Sonia Speaks.” In The Literary Griot, 10,2 (Fall 1998) 85-94.
"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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“The Arts.” In World Eras Volume 10: West African Kingdoms. Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure (ed). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale Inc. (2004) 97-124.
“Methodologies in Yoruba Oral Historiography and Aesthetics.” In Writing African History. John Edward Phillips (ed), University of Rochester Press. 2005: 348-373.
“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.
Forewords and Introductions:
“A Paradox in a Conundrum” Foreword to Multiracial Identities: An International Perspective. Mark Christian. London: MacMillan Publishers, 2000, iv-xvii.
“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.
Essays, Reviews, and Opinions:
"Power and Fertility: A Concept of Women in Yoruba Oral Literature". Nigeria: Women's Magazine. June 1983, 22-25.
"The Bridges: Africans and Africans In the Diaspora." Accra. Ghana: Uhuru, 4, 3, 1992, 66-68.
"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.
"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.
"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.
“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.
"African Americans In Thoroughbred Racing." Kentucky Derby Museum, Kentucky Humanities Council, 58 pages. June 1993.