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Biography of Ifi AMADIUME

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Dr Ifi Amadiume (b. April 23, 1947),is a Nigerian scholar, poet, ethnographer and essayist. .

She was born in Nigeria where she had her early education before moving to Britain in 1971. In Britain, as well as an academic and poet, she was active in local politics as a Local Government Women’s Officer, a Community Education Worker, and was editor of Pan-African Liberation Platform, an educational and human rights journal. Currently on leave from teaching, Ifi Amadiume moved to Dartmouth College from London with her two children Kemdi and Amadi in July 1993 as Associate Professor.

An outstanding scholar, she is a Professor of Religion and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. A tenured full professor since 1999, she has chaired the African and African American Studies program at Dartmouth College. She has a double B.A (Honors 1978) degree in an African language (Hausa) and Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a University of London Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (1983). She has researched and taught in African Studies in Nigeria, Britain and the United States of America.

Books: Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society, (Zed Books, London 1987) winner of an award of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century.

 also winner of the 1998-89 Outstanding Academic Book Choice Magazine award; African Matriarchal Foundations: The Igbo Case, (Karnak House London, 1987 and Red Sea Press, 1999); Reinventing Africa: Matriarchy, Religion and Culture, (Zed Books & St. Martin's Press, 1997); Ifi Amadiume and Abdullahi An-Na'im (editors) The Politics of Memory: Truth, Healing and Social Justice, (Zed Books and St. Martin’s Press, 2000); Daughters of the Goddess, Daughters of Imperialism: African Women, Culture, Power and Democracy (Zed Books & St. Martin's Press, 2000).

Her work has made a tremendous contribution to new ways of thinking of sex and gender, the question of power and women's contributions to history and culture. Amadiume has participated in several poetry readings and art festivals. Her poetry reflects her complex multi-dimensional and diasporic experiences spanning three continents.

She has published four books of poetry, three of which are award-winning books: Passion Waves (London: Karnak House, 1985, winner of a Commonwealth Poetry Prize nomination);

Ecstasy (Longman Nigeria, 1995, winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors 1992 Cadbury Literary Award for Poetry);

Circles of Love (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2006, winner of the 2006 Flora Nwapa Society Award, African Literature Association, USA, for outstanding achievement in African Religions and African Women and Gender Studies); and Voices Draped in Black (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2007). Amadiume’s poems deal with love of people, nature, sufism and struggle, celebrating activism and activists.

Last update : 04/30/2009

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