Omoyemi (Yemi) Ajisebutu
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Yemi was a 2014 Fulbright (FLTA) Fellow. She is also a cluster fellow in Critical Theory, African Studies, and Poetry and Poetics Colloquium. Yemi holds a Bachelor of Education in English\Literature with a minor in Social Studies from a Nigerian university and an M.A in English (2017) from New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. Her thesis was titled “Removing the Sixth Mountain: Friendship and Inclusion in West African Women’s Fiction,” It focused on cultural specificity and Stiwanism as viable alternatives to mainstream feminism in West African societies.
Yemi’s doctoral research employs the Yoruba oral tradition of Oríkì to interrogate the Being of the Nigerian Diaspora in the United States. Her areas of interest include critical theory, postcolonial feminist theory, African Literature, oral traditions, 21st-Century Nigerian diasporan Literature, and orality in pre-colonial narratives, especially in Southwestern Nigeria.