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Niyi Osundare (born in 1947 in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria) is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan (BA), the University of Leeds (MA) and York University, Canada (PhD, 1979). Previously professor (from 1989) and Head of English (1993—1997) at the University of Ibadan, he became professor of English at the University of New Orleans in 1997.

He has always been a vehement champion of the right to free speech and is a strong believer in the power of words, saying, "to utter is to alter". Osundare is renowned for his commitment to socially relevant art and artistic activism and has written several open letters to the former President of Nigeria (Olusegun Obasanjo), whom Osundare has often publicly criticised.

Osundare believes that there is no choice for the African poet but to be political:
"You cannot keep quiet about the situation in the kind of countries we find ourselves in, in Africa. When you wake up and there is no running water, when you have a massive power outage for days and nights, no food on the table, no hospital for the sick, no peace of mind; when the image of the ruler you see everywhere is that of a dictator with a gun in his hand; and, on the international level, when you live in a world in which your continent is consigned to the margin, a world in which the colour of your skin is a constant disadvantage, everywhere you go — then there is no other way than to write about this, in an attempt to change the situation for the better."

Under the rule of the dictator General Sani Abacha (1993—1998), Osundare regularly contributed poems to a Nigerian national newspaper (now part of the collection Songs of the Season) that criticised the regime and commented upon the lives of people in Nigeria. As a result he was frequently visited by Security Agents and asked to explain his poems and to whom they referred:
"By that time I realized that the Nigerian security apparatus had become quite 'sophisticated', quite 'literate' indeed!"
"A couple of my students at the University of Ibadan had become informers; a few even came to my classes wired. And when I was reading abroad, someone trailed me from city to city. At home, my letters were frequently intercepted."

In 1997, he accepted a teaching and research post at the University of New Orleans.

He is a holder of numerous awards for his poetry, as well as the Fonlon/Nichols award for "excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to Human Rights in Africa".

His 60th Birthday Literary Fete took place at venues in Ikere-Ekiti, Ibadan and Lagos state of Nigeria in March 2007.

His poem "Not My Business" is compulsory study in the AQA A syllabus for GCSE English Language.

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Total Books: 17
City Without People The Katrina Poems
2011 - City Without People the Katrina Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780983707912
ISBN-10: 098370791X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Tender Moments Love Poems
2006 - Tender Moments Love Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789780690274
ISBN-10: 9780690271
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Two Plays
2005 - Two Plays (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789780305680
ISBN-10: 9780305688
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Eye of the Earth
2002 - The Eye of the Earth [Heinemann Frontline Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789781291395
ISBN-10: 9781291397
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction

The Word is an Egg
2000 - The Word Is an Egg (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789780390198
ISBN-10: 9780390197
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The State Visit
2000 - The State VIsit (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789780390587
ISBN-10: 9780390588
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2000 - Midlife [Heinemann Frontline Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789781291982
ISBN-10: 9781291982
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2000 - Moonsongs [Saros Star Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789782460172
ISBN-10: 9782460176
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Waiting Laughters
2000 - Waiting Laughters (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789782601407
ISBN-10: 9782601403
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Selected Poems
1992 - Selected Poems [African Writers Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780435911959
ISBN-10: 0435911953
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Songs of the Marketplace
1983 - Songs of the Marketplace [Opon Ifa Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789782266101
ISBN-10: 9782266108
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Thread in the Loom Essays on African Literature and Culture
Thread in the Loom Essays on African Literature and Culture (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780865438651
ISBN-10: 086543865X

Thread in the Loom Essays on African Literature and Culture
Pages from the Book of the Sun New and Selected Poems
Pages From the Book of the Sun New and Selected Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780865438682
ISBN-10: 0865438684
Genre: Literature & Fiction