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Kayode Ogunfolabi

Kayode Ogunfolabi

Nias Individual Fellow

Project title

Trauma, Silences, and the Making of Twenty-first Century Nigerian Women's Fiction

Project description

Nigerian literature has traditionally focused on trauma related to wars, ignoring insidious trauma that occurs in non-war contexts. However, at the turn of the century, there was a shift in the literary scene with Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Purple Hibiscus, which focuses on private suffering.

Kayode Ogunfolabi aims to explore the emergence of insidious trauma in Nigerian twenty-first-century fiction as a new literary practice. He seeks to awaken both men and women to the perceptions of women at various levels of society and culture, where subordination and women’s suffering are normalized.

Selected publications

Ogunfolabi, Kayode Omoniyi. The “Other” Body: Microaggression and Trauma of Female Objectification in Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come. Research in African Literatures. Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 2022. 43-62

Ogunfolabi, Kayode Omoniyi. Biracialism and Trauma in Kaine Agary’s Yellow-Yellow. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. Vol. 56, No. 2, 2019. 38-45. https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/4664

Ogunfolabi, Kayode Omoniyi. “Female Body, Discipline, and Emerging Male Spectatorship in Yoruba Video Film.” The Global South. Vol. 7 No 1. Spring 2013. 79-97.