Molara Ogundipe- Leslie, a professor, poet, social critic and feminist thinker has passed on. She died on Tuesday, 18 June, 2019, aged 78. She wrote an essay- Stiwanism where she argued that “African women must theorize their own feminisms“…“There can be no liberation of African society without the liberation of African women.” (Stiwanism, 208,209)
Molara’s books include Sew the Old Days and Other Poems, 1985, Re-Creating Ourselves: African Women & Critical Transformations, 1994, Women as Oral Artists, 1994, Moving Beyond Boundaries.1995, Gender and subjectivity. Readings of "Song of Lawino". Dissertation Leiden University. Leiden, CNWS, 1999.
Facts about Molara Ogundipe-Leslie that you should know
- Molara Ogundipe She was born 27 December 1940 to a family of educators
- She was a feminist and and a social activist.
- She was considered one of the foremost writers on African feminism, gender studies and literary theory,
- She graduated (BA English Honours) as the first Nigerian with a first-class degree from the University of London.
- She was also the first Nigerian woman to become a PhD in Narratology, this time at Leiden University,
- She was also a Professor of Englsh and Comparative Literature at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria
- She is best known for her feminism movement called STIWA - Social Transformation in Africa Including Women. Stiwanism – feminism in African context.
- She was a social critic who came to be recognized as a viable authority on African women among black feminists and feminists in general.
- She was a writer and contributed the piece "Not Spinning on the Axis of Maleness" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan.
- She taught English Studies, Writing, Comparative Literature and Gender at universities in several continents
- Her poems are in the Daughters of Africa, a1992 anthology edited by Margaret Busby.