ISBN 9780997868951
Pages 178
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2017
Publisher Cissus World Press, USA
Format Paperback

Some Memories of California

by Dipo Kalejaiye

Nigerian playwright DIPO KALEJAIYE relates an educator and writer’s experience of living in Nigeria and the United States in his latest memoir, Some Memories of California. The book charts the author’s formative years as a lecturer in Nigeria and leaves readers with no doubt as to how the geographical, spiritual, political, and cultural aspects of his West African homeland prepared him for the amazing sojourn he undertakes upon his arrival in California, USA.

Suffused with humor and grit, this is a purely personal tale that pushes to the forefront the African immigrant’s experience in the United States. Kalejaiye’s African background as a young lecturer, artist and family man is cleverly pitted against the American experience that seems to challenge and define his role as a fledgling but ambitious playwright who overcomes the odds to triumph in the end. Without equivocation, this book should serve as an informative read for lovers of memoirs exploring wit and adroitness to make peculiar humane concerns accessible to readers.

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About the Author

Dipo Kalejaiye

DIPO KALEJAIYE, PH.D, was former Associate Professor of English at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland, USA. He has served as Professor and Head of the Department of Performing Arts and Culture at Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is an award-winning poet, playwright, and theater director. Some of his awards include: Ina Coolbirth Prize for Poetry, The James D. Phelan Literary Award for Playwriting, and The San Francisco Full Circle Theater Award. His publications include the following books: The Father of Secrets, Letters to the Grammarians, The Creator and the Disrupter, Food for Masquerades (Novel), Polygyny, Polyandry, Poor Old Betsy, and The Graduate Palava. He divides his time between Nigeria and abroad.