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AGNÈS AGBOTON (BENIN, 1960) BiografĂ­a Sus obras escritas Nacida el año de la Independencia del territorio de Dahomey que se convertirĂ­a en la RepĂșblica de BenĂ­n, AgnĂšs Agboton se afinca en Barcelona en 1978. Su trayectoria literaria (tradicional y escrita) hace de ella uno de los exponentes mĂĄs claros de la afroeuropeidad incluyente. Pues como  Continue Reading »

Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela Contributor: Lily Mabura Biography Bibliography She was born in Cairo, Egypt, to an Egyptian mother, Mona Khalifa, and a Sudanese father, Fuad Aboulela (d. 2008), from a merchant class family in Umdurman. He was educated in Victoria College, Egypt, and Trinity College, Dublin. Her mother, who is an expert in demography with a  Continue Reading »

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips (novelist, playwright, essayist) Contributor: BĂ©nĂ©dicte Ledent Biography Bibliography Selected Online Resources Born on 13 March 1958 on the Eastern Caribbean island of St Kitts, Caryl Phillips was taken to England by his parents when he was only a few months old. The family first settled in a white, working-class area of Leeds where  Continue Reading »

Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi Contributor: Nisha Obano Biography Bibliography Online resources Patience Agbabi was born in London in 1965 to Nigerian parents. She was fostered by a white English family and lived in Sussex, although she remained in touch with her birth mother and father. Her foster family then moved to Colwyn Bay in North Wales where  Continue Reading »

Michael Abbensetts

Michael Abbensetts Contributor: Nisha Obano Biography Published Works Selected Performed Works Television Scripts Radio Plays Publications by, on or referring to Michael Abbensetts Online Resources Michael Abbensetts was born on 8 June 1983 in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana) to Neville John, a doctor, and Elaine Abbensetts. He was enrolled at Queen’s College at the  Continue Reading »

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson Contributor: Sharmilla Beezmohun Biography Bibliography Selected Critical Work, Interviews and Newspaper Articles on Linton Discography Online Resources Linton Kwesi Johnson was born on 24 August 1952 in Chapelton, a small town in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963 to join his mother and attended Tulse Hill  Continue Reading »

Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele Contributor: Nisha Obano Biography Bibliography Recordings Publications Selected online resources Biyi Bandele-Thomas is a novelist, playwright and poet. He was born in 1967 into a Yoruba family living in the largely Hausa community in Kafanchan, northern Nigeria. His mother was an avid storyteller, and Biyi was a keen reader from an early age  Continue Reading »

Beryl Gilroy

  <strong>Beryl Gilroy</strong> <strong><em>Contributor:  Nisha Obano </em></strong> Biography Bibliography Live Recordings Publications on or referring to Beryl Gilroy Selected online resources Beryl Agatha Gilroy (nĂ©e Answick) was a writer, teacher and psychotherapist. Of her many achievements, she is best known for being the UK’s first black head teacher and for her autobiographical account of those  Continue Reading »

Ben Okri

BEN OKRI (1959-) Contributor:  Nisha Obano Biography Fictional Works Awards Career Critical Works Internet Resources Novelist, poet, and essayist, Ben Okri is considered a Black British writer although his Nigerian affiliations still remain strong. His mother, Grace Okri, was of Igbo extraction, hailing from the ethnically mixed delta region, while his father, Silver Oghenegueke Loloje  Continue Reading »

Alfred Fagon

Contributor:  Nisha Obano Biography Acting Credits for Alfred Fagon Screenwriting Credits Recordings Publications on or about Alfred Fagon Published works Recordings Publications on or about Alfred Fagon Internet resources Born on 25 June 1937, Alfred Fagon was one of ten children in a close, religious family living in Clarendon, Jamaica. He left school at the  Continue Reading »

Abdulrazak Gurnah

Biography Published Novels Anthologised Short Stories Edited Books Awards Career Selected Academic Articles Abdulrazak Gurnah is a fiction writer and academic. Although a permanent resident in the UK, he does not feel comfortable with the label of British and considers himself as a postcolonial cosmopolitan who has never abandoned his sentimental ties with his native  Continue Reading »

Kaha Mohamed Aden

Kaha Mohamed Aden Contributor: Simone Brioni, Institute of Advanced Studies Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick Biography Works cited An Afro-Arabian Shawl Open Sesame Kaha Mohamed Aden is an Italian writer of Somali origins. She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1966 and reached Italy in 1986. Her father, Mohamed Aden Sheikh, was a politician,  Continue Reading »

Ubax Cristina Ali Farah

UBAX CRISTINA ALI FARAH (1973–) Contributor: Federico Fabris (University of Bamberg) Biography Reading Materials Further Reading Ubax Cristina Ali Farah was born in Verona, North-Eastern Italy, in 1973 to a Somali father and an Italian mother. In 1976, her family moved to Mogadishu, where her mother took up a job as a teacher at an  Continue Reading »

Gabriella Ghermandi

GABRIELLA GHERMANDI (1965–) Contributor: Federico Fabris (University of Bamberg) Biography Reading Materials Further Reading Gabriella Ghermandi is an Italian-Ethiopian performer, novelist and short-story writer. She was born in Addis Ababa in 1965 to an Italian father and a mixed-race Ethiopian mother. In 1979, one year after her father’s death, Ghermandi moved permanently to Italy. In  Continue Reading »

Abderrahman El Fathi

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SaĂŻd El Kadaoui Moussaoui

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Najat El Hachmi

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Mohamed Sibari

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Mohamed Chakor

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Mohamed Bouissef Rekab

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Laila Karrouch

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Ribka Sibhatu

‘Years ago, when I lost all hope of living peacefully in my motherland, I used to dream about Europe.’ (Sibhatu 2004:9) Ribka Sibhatu, between Eritrea and Italy. Contributor: Chiara Giuliani Biography Works Cited Extra material Ribka Sibhatu was born on the 18th September 1962, in Asmara, Eritrea.[i] In 1979 she was sentenced to one year  Continue Reading »

Ingy Mubiayi Kakese

Ingy Mubiayi Kakese (Cairo, Egypt, 1972) Biography Bibliography Ingy Mubiay Kakese was born in Cairo in 1972. Her father was Congolese and her mother Egyptian. She arrived in Italy in 1977, where she attended a French school and later an Italian one. She graduated from La Sapienza with a degree in History of Islamic Culture  Continue Reading »

Antar Mohamed Marincola

Biography Bibliography Antar Mohamed Marincola was born in Mogadishu (Somalia) in 1963. He left the country in 1983 with an academic fellowship awarded to him by the Somali Ministry of Education, together with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He studied at the University of Perugia and at the University of Bologna, which is where  Continue Reading »

Nassera Chohra

Nassera Chohra (Marseille, France, 1963) Biography Bibliography Nassera Chohra was born in Marseille in 1963, where she grew up as the daughter of Saharawi-Algerian immigrants, thus belonging to the immigrants of the second generation. After her studies she worked as an actress for French television in Paris and in the year 1990, following a trip  Continue Reading »

Zadie Smith

  Contributor: Jorge BerĂĄstegui Wood Biography Cited References Reading Material Further reading It is difficult to speak about a very young author, especially when so much has been said about him or her, as is the case of Zadie Smith. The only possibility is to try to remain faithful to her works, to the contrasted  Continue Reading »

Johannes Anyuru

Literary Explorations of Afro-Swedishness Contributor: Anne Heith Biography Works cited Johannes Anyuru, born in 1979 in Sweden, is an Afro-Swedish author whose connection to the African Diaspora is related to his Ugandan father’s escape when Idi Amin came to power. His father settled down in Sweden, where he married a Swedish woman. Anyuru grew up  Continue Reading »

Andrew Salkey

Andrew Salkey (novelist, poet, travel writer, editor, journalist) Biography Bibliography Work on Andrew Salkey Born on 30 January 1928 as Felix Andrew Alexander Salkey in ColĂłn, Panama to Jamaican parents, Andrew Alexander Salkey, a businessman, and Linda Marshall Salkey. At the age of two Salkey was sent to Jamaica, where he was raised by his  Continue Reading »

Helen Oyeyemi

HELEN OYEYEMI (Nigeria, 1984) By Patricia Bastida RodrĂ­guez (Universitat de les Illes Balears) Biography Reading Material Further Reading Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 but was raised in a council state in London, UK, after moving there with her parents when she was four years old. She was a very lonely child  Continue Reading »

Valerie Mason-John

VALERIE MASON-JOHN By Patricia Bastida RodrĂ­guez (Universitat de les Illes Balears) Biography Reading Material Further Reading Born in Cambridge of Nigerian descent, Valerie Mason-John (a.k.a. Queenie, her stage name) spent most of her childhood in foster homes and childcare facilities which included a Dr Barnaldo’s Orphanage in Essex, UK. At 12 she spent a short  Continue Reading »

Donato Ndongo

THE SONS OF THE TRIBE Translated by Michael Ugarte The frown made his face look deformed, convulsed in a final moment of dread and fury. A pasteboard mask, brilliant, livid and wrinkled, the consequence of the heat of the last struggle, an indefinable expression, something like pleasure, pain and shock all in one, like the  Continue Reading »

Richard Wright

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Aminatta Forna

AMINATTA FORNA (Glasgow, 1964) By Patricia Bastida RodrĂ­guez (Universitat de les Illes Balears) Biography Reading Material Further Reading Aminatta Forna was born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and a Sierra Leonean father, although after her parents’ divorce she spent long periods of her childhood in Sierra Leone, where her father remarried, alternating her stays  Continue Reading »

Diana Evans

DIANA EVANS (London, UK, 1972) Patricia Bastida RodrĂ­guez (Universitat de les Illes Balears) Biography Reading Material Further Reading The daughter of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Diana Evans grew up in a semi-detached house in northwest London with her parents and her five sisters, one of them her twin, though she also spent  Continue Reading »

Cyril Lionel Robert James

C.L.R. JAMES (Trinidad, 1901 – 1989) By Christian HĂžgsbjerg General Further Reading The Trinidadian historian and writer Cyril Lionel Robert James was a towering figure of Pan-Africanism, a penetrating commentator on cultural matters and also one of the most remarkable revolutionary thinkers of the twentieth century who felt his ‘greatest contributions’ had been ‘to clarify and  Continue Reading »

Chris Braithwaite

CHRIS BRAITHWAITE (Barbados, c 1885 – 1944) By Christian HĂžgsbjerg Biography Further Reading The Barbadian agitator Chris Braithwaite was one of the leading black political radicals in 1930s Britain.  Better known under his adopted pseudonym ‘Chris Jones’, Braithwaite was an outstanding militant Pan-Africanist and organiser of colonial seamen, indeed perhaps the critical lynchpin of a  Continue Reading »


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Gilles Dossou-Gouin

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Igiaba Scego

(Daniela Brogi) IGIABA SCEGO (ROME, ITALY, 1974) Biography Reading Material By now an established writer, Igiaba Scego is the author of short stories and novels as well as being one of the most active intellectuals in the field of “transculturalism”, especially with regard to the cultural and civil issues related to African migration. She lives  Continue Reading »

Shirin Ramzanali Fazel

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Salah Methnani

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Tahar Lamri

Contributor: Andrea Gazzoni Biography Texts Algerian narrator, journalist and performer Tahar Lamri was born in Algiers in 1958. From 1979 to 1984 Lamri lived in Bengasi, Libya, where he graduated in Law and worked as a translator for the French consulate. Then he moved to France and finally to Ravenna, Italy, where he has lived  Continue Reading »

Amara Lakhous

AMARA LAKHOUS (ALGIERS, ALGERIA, 1970) Contributor: Daniela Brogi Biography Reading Materials Amara Lakhous is one of the most important contemporary Arab-Italian authors in Italy today. Both his life and his narrative are marked by the constant trespassing and crossing of boarders between different languages and cultures. Born in Algiers in 1970, Lakhous learned several languages  Continue Reading »

Kossi Komla-Ebri

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Randa Ghazy

Contributor: Andrea Gazzoni Biography Bibliography Texts Randa Ghazy is an Italian writer of Egyptian descent, living. She lives in Limbiate, near Milan. Her parents migrated to Italy, where she was born in 1986, in Saronno. In 2002, when she was just fifteen, she published her first book, Dreaming of Palestine, a short novel which met  Continue Reading »

Garane Garane

Contributor: Stefano Zangrando Garane Garane was born in Somalia, a descendant of a royal dynasty. He attended school in Mogadishu and then moved to Italy, where he studies Political Science at the university of Florence. He obtained a PhD in Italian Literature at the university of Grenoble, where he also completed a degree in French  Continue Reading »

Erminia Dell’Oro

By  Silvia Camillotti Biography Works cited Erminia Dell’Oro was born in Asmara (Eritrea) in 1938; her grandfather had moved there in 1896 from Lecco (Lombardia), where he married and had children and nephews. When Erminia left Eritrea for the first time to go to Italy, she was twenty years old: she migrated to Milan where  Continue Reading »