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Glidden Visiting Professor speech part of African Cultural Week


2011 Robert and Rene' Glidden Visiting Professor Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka will deliver an address, "Fela...And His Politics Became Music," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

The event, which will be followed by a presentation of traditional African clothing, is part of African Cultural Week, May 9-14, and will be webcast live on the African Studies website.

Ajayi-Soyinka holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the departments of Theatre & Film and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. She has authored many plays and articles and is a theater director and choreographer in her own right. She is also past president of the African Literature Association.

Fela-Anikulapo-Kuti, an internationally acclaimed Nigerian musician, is of particular interest to Ajayi-Soyinka. "The self-acclaimed 'Black President,' was a social maverick, a Pan-Africanist and a thorn in the flesh of military dictators," she says. "Afro Beat, his musical legacy to the world, is the quintessential fusion of his activist political philosophy and his musical genius."

Ajayi-Soyinka is hosted by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts in the College of Fine Arts through grants from the National Resource Center for African Language and Area Studies housed in the Center for International Studies.

Further information on the African Studies Program and African Cultural Week can be found at http://www.african.ohio.edu/.