Academic interests

black women writers, feminist theory, transnational feminisms, French/Francophone literatures, oral and written literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora, gender and development, human rights


  • various grants; Rockefeller Humanist-in-Residence (University of Minnesota);
  • Edith Kreeger-Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor(Northwestern University);
  • and national and international awards including Nigerian Achiever of the Year Award for Leadership, The Ditinguished Africanist Award and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award.


  • (editor) The Politics of (M)Othering: Womanhood, Identity and Resistance in African Literature (Routledge 1997);
  • Feminisms,Sisterhood and Power: From Africa to the Diaspora (Africa World Press 1998);
  • and contributions to various journals including Signs, FeministIssues, Research in African Literatures, Law and Policy, Dialectical Anthropology, Western Journal of Black Studies and International Journal of Third World Studies


President, Association of African Women Scholars;

convenor of the international conferences on Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD; President and CEO of the Jessie Obidiegwu Education Fund