Niyi Osundare

Niyi Osundare is a native of Nigeria and regarded by many commentators as the most original and accomplished of contemporary African poets. He has published twelve collections of his work, including two volumes of Selected Poems. His most recent collection is The Word Is An Egg (Kraftgriots, 2000). He has won many national and international awards, including the Commonwealth Prize and the Noma Award, Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. A distinguished literary and cultural critic, Osundare has published important essays on African culture and current affairs and is a long time Professor of English at the University of Ibadan. He is currently a visiting Professor at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana.