Friday, April 21, 2017

Tanure Ojaide, Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies, had the work “At Home, Away from Home: A Memoir” published by Cissus World Press.

The work reflects on the plight of the former African colonial subject, now postcolonial citizen, caught in the torrents of displacement and emplacement by the forces of global empires. As a member of the global literati and a celebrated professor in North America who originally is from the Niger Delta (Nigeria), Ojaide embodies the complications, promises and contradictions of post-coloniality.

In the memoir, composed of 15 short stories, Ojaide uses the self as a mirror of the postcolonial world. He addresses the agonies and joys of migration and shifting places, as well as the challenges of intercultural translations and probes the pertinent questions of heritage, belonging, citizenship and home in the postcolonial space.