Professor of   English, Africana, Cultural and Gender Studies






Also known and published as Molara Ogundipe-Leslie

Professor of English and Africana Studies
Director, The Writing Centre
Ashesi University College
No.12,2nd Norla Street North Labone
PMB CT3 Cantonments

TEL: +233.21.760230,761329
FAX: +233.21.784768
CELL: +233.24.985 8256

Previously Distinguished Leverhulme Professor
School of English and Postcolonial Studies, Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History, and the Centre for African Studies
University of Leeds, LS5 9JT, UK

e-mail: [email protected] preferred

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 Leiden University, Holland, Ph. D. in Literary Theory and omparative Literature (with Mieke Balon my Jury Committee).  Vrje University, Amsterdam, M. A. Exemption.  University of London, B. A. Honors English, First Class Distinction (summa cum laude; a five-year degree that emphasized research and writing).  Associate degree, English, History, Latin and Western Classical Cultures (passed with faculty honors).  King’s College, Cambridge University.  Exeter College, Oxford, England.



1.      Davies, Carole Boyce and Ogundipe-Leslie, Molara, eds

2.      Moving Beyond Boundaries: Black Women’s Diasporas.  2 vols. London: Pluto P, and New York UP, 1995.  An anthology of writing by women of the African diaspora: Africa, USA, Britain, the Caribbean, Canada and Latin America.
 vol. 1.  The International Dimensions of Black Women’s Writing.
 vol. 2.  Black Women’s Diasporas.

2. Ogundipe-Leslie, Molara.  Recreating Ourselves : African Women and Critical Transformations  Trenton: Africa World P, 1994. Selected  in First Nomination of 100 Best Books from Africa, 2000.

3. et. al. The WIN DOCUMENT : The Conditions of Women in Nigeria and Policy  Recommendations to 2,000 A.D.  Zaria: Ahmadu Bello UP, 1985.  Submitted to the U.N. Conference in Nairobi, Kenya by WIN (Women in Nigeria).

4. Ogundipe - Leslie, Molara.  Sew The Old Days and Other Poems.  London and Ibadan: Evans Brothers Publishers, 1985.


1. Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa.  Ed.  Marie Umeh. Trenton: Africa World P, 1998. “Dirge to Flora Nwapa.”

2. Borderlines:  Contemporary Poems in English.  Ed.  J. A. WainrightCanada: Coppclark Longman, 1995.

3. New Voices in West African Poetry.  Ed.  Tijan SallahLondon and Nigeria: Malthouse  P, 1995.

4. Literature Around the Globe.  Ed.  Fink & Allan.  Iowa:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company: 1994.

5. The Heinemann Book of African Women’s Poetry.  Ed.  Chipasula and Chipasula.  London: Heinemann P, 1994.

6. Voices: Canadian Voices of African Descent.  Ed.  Ayanna Black.  Harper Collins, 1992.

7. Daughters of Africa.  Ed.  Margaret Busby. US Pantheon Books, 1992.

8. The Heinemann Book of African Poets in English.  Ed. Adewale Maja-Pearse.  1990.

9. Voices from 20th Century Africa Ed.  Chinweizu.  London: Faber and Faber, 1988.

10. The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry.  Ed.  Gerald  Moore,  1985.

11. African Writing Today.  Ed.  Peter Nazareth.  Spec. double issue of Pacific Moana Quarterly, Hamilton, New Zealand: 6 . 3/4  (1981).

12. African Notes.  University of Ibadan: Institute of African Studies, 1980.

 The Oxford Guide to African Literatures.  Ed.  G.D. KillamGuelph
 University, Guelph, Ontario,
Canada (in press).
Africa’s Who’s Who.  London: Africa Books. 1996.

Women’s Review of Books  xi . 6 (1994).

The UNESCO General History of Africa.  vol 5.  The Development of
 Modern African Literature.

Preface to African Women’s WritingEd. Charlotte Bruner.  Professor Emerita of Iowa University.  London: Heinemann, 1993.

The Bloomsbury Guide to Women’s Literature.   Ed. Claire Buck.  London:Prentice - Hall: 1992.  Section on Africa:  200*209; biography:  874.

 The Feminist Companion to World Literature in English: Women
 Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present.  Eds.  Blain, Grundy and Clements.  New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1990


Part-time Radio Work.  1958-63.

Involvement with women’s organizations at the grassroots, national, pan-African and international levels.

Involvement with research on women and women’s studies since 1965.

Founder and Moderator of a Nigerian national television network programme:  “Nigeria:  A New Consciousness.”  1983-84.

Work with national and international peace and justice movements.

Participation in the 1985 U.N. Decade Conference on Women, in Nairobi, Kenya through the International Women for Peace and Food.  Our group, in coalition with other peace movements, organized the Peace Tent, which became one of the most focal deliberation points at the Decade Conference.

Organized at the Nairobi Decade Conference, a workshop on women in African Literature with women from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Germany.

Collaborated with international peace movements through a peace dialogue and conference in Halifax, Canada.
Collaborator in  the Congress to found the International Women for a Meaningful SummitAthens, Greece.  1986.

Speaker on many state and national television network talk shows on politics, culture and education.

Intensive radio and television work on women’s rights and consciousness in Nigeria.  1987 - 89.

Production with a panel of experts of a handbook on political education in Nigeria.  Collaborated on the chapter on women.  1987 - 88.

Co-Planned and tried to implement a national network of agricultural co-operatives in NigeriaIn charge of the women’s component.  1987 - 89

Co-Planned a system of community theaters for mobilization at the grass roots level.  Implemented pilot projects in three remote villages in Northern Nigeria in collaboration with the villagers.  Produced, with others, a handbook on Community Theatre.

Lectures, speeches and meetings with groups and traditional representatives of communities and villages to identify priorities and modalities for modernization from their own points of view.  1987 - 89.

Regular village fora meetings to discuss local needs and complaints.  Meetings organized from the central office of mobilization at the capital, ABUJA, Nigeria.  1987 - 89.

Participated in a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) TOT (Training of Trainers) workshop in rural Tanzania on “Participatory Approaches to Rural Mobilization.”  Morogoro, TanzaniaSept. 5 - 16 1988

Organized and taught in TOT (Training the Trainers) Workshop for social mobilization officers to go into local government areas (counties and boroughs) to teach civil and social rights at the grass roots level.  Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.  1989.

Organized and taught at workshops on a new social and political order with representatives of all Nigerian media, electronic and print.  Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria. 1989.

National Political Awareness Tour of the 22 states of NigeriaMet with women and women’s organizations in six states of the federation.  Gave radio and television interviews on the conditions of women including their social and political rights in a democratic state.  March  - April 1989.

Meetings with the executives of media organizations, severally, on national change.



“Leadership and Women.”  Women’s Education Unit Workshop of the Ministry of Education for Kuje village women.  Kuje village, Northern Nigeria.  1989.

“Youth and Issues of Women’s Emancipation.”  National Youth Conference of all Nigerian Students’ Organizations.  Okigwi, Imo State, Nigeria.  1988.

“The Image of Women in the Nigerian Media: Prospects and Strategies for Change.”  Annual National Convention of the Nigerian Association of Media Women.  Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.  1988.

Labour and the Mobilization of Nigerian Women.”  Presented to the Nigerian Labour Congress. Lagos.  1988.

“Foreign News Reporting and Nigeria.”  Special Guest Lecture to the NUJ (Nigerian Union of Journalists).  Media Week.  1987.  Reprinted in the Guardian National Daily.  Lagos.

“Beyond the Women’s Decade.”  Keynote address to the Annual National Convention of the  Nigerian Association of University Women.  Zaria, Nigeria.  1988.

“The Role of the Media in a New Nigerian Political Order.”  Workshop on Political Education and all Nigerian Print Media.  Bauchi, Nigeria.  1989.

“Mobilizing Women for Development,”  Niger State Symposium on Development.  Minna, Nigeria.  1988.

“Women and the Family.”  Keynote Address to the WIN Women in Nigeria Conference and the launching of the book Women and the Family.  Ed.  WIN collective.  Dakar: Codesria, 1985.

“African Women and the South African Struggle.”  Keynote Address to WIN (Women in Nigeria) Solidarity Symposium.  Aug. 9.  South African Women’s Day.  Lagos, Nigeria.  1987.

“Writing for Women who Care About Children.”  Special Guest Lecture.  Foundation of African Arts Colloquium.  London, England.  November 1987.

Weekly essays in The Guardian  on issues of culture, literature , politics, and women.  1986-87.

“Culture as an Instrument of Diplomacy.”  National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies. KURU, Jos, Nigeria.  Reprinted in two installments in the The Guardian.  July 1987.


Curriculum Vitae


A Sunday Afternoon with Ayi Kwei Armah: Ghanaian Novelist and Great Prose Stylist


Interview with Molara Ogundipe on politics, education, and culture


African Diaspora Heritage: Cultural Production, Development and Tourism in Africa





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