ISBN 9789782601407
Pages 104
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 1990
Publisher Niyi Osundare, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Waiting Laughters

by Niyi Osundare

Waiting Laughters is Osundare's second volume of poetry, published to critical acclaim. In 1991, it won The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, the most prestigious book prize for new works published within the African continent.

The collection is conceived as a poetic response to the gloom and despair gripping contemporary African society: the poems emphasise the possibility of laughter and its diverse manifestations. The style of the poetry is reflective of oral and Yoruba literary traditions.

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About the Author

Niyi Osundare

Poet, dramatist, critic, essayist, and media columnist, Niyi Osundare has authored over ten volumes of poetry, two books of selected poems, four plays, a book of essays, and numerous articles on literature, language, culture, and society. He regards his calling as a writer and his profession as a teacher as essentially complementary.

He was educated on three continents: B.A. (Honours) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, M.A. from the University of Leeds in England, and Ph.D. from York University, Toronto, Canada. The wide and varied exposure accruing from this has proved very useful for his writing and teaching careers. Born in Nigeria, one of the most linguistically and culturally heterogeneous countries in the world, he learnt early in life the complexities and challenges of diversity.

He began his teaching career at the University of Ibadan in 1974 and rose to the position of full professor there in 1989. From 1993 to 1997, he was the chair of its Department of English. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990 to 1991, and in 1991/92, an associate professor of English at the University of New Orleans, where he returned as full professor in 1997, and was selected university research professor in 2001. His areas of specialization are African literature, literature of the African diaspora, literary stylistics, sociolinguistics, and creative writing

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