Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Femi Ojo Ade received a Master of Arts degree in French at Queen's University in 1969.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Femi Ojo Ade studied at McMaster University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish in 1967
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In 1975, Femi received a doctorate degree (Ph.D) in French at the University of Toronto.
Femi Ojo-Ade in his youth.
Femi Ojo-Ade and his family
Femi Ojo-Ade with children.
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The author discusses a broad range of themes, based upon the works of prominent writers of Africa and the African Diaspora. From Ama Ata Aidoo, Micere Mugo, Miriam Tlali, Aminata Sow Fall, Michele Lacrosil, Aline Franca, and Nikki Giovanni to Abdias do Nascimento, Nicolas Guillen, Leon-Gontran Damas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, and Marcus Garvey, Ojo-Ade analyzes various sites where black continues to suffer from the opprobrium of racism and to be a symbol of inferiority. In his book, Ojo-Ade's also addresses Du Bois's prediction that "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line."
Femi Ojo Ade had his primary education at Model Primary School in Yaba, Lagos State, and secondary education at Government College in Ibadan, where he obtained the Higher School Certificate in 1961. He later proceeded to McMaster University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish in 1967, and a Master of Arts degree in French at Queen's University in 1969. In 1975, he received a doctorate degree (Ph.D) in French at the University of Toronto.
In 1975, Femi joined the services of Barber-Scotia College where he lectured briefly before he returned to Obafemi Awolowo University where he was appointed a Professor of the French language in 1980. He has taught at various colleges and universities in Africa including the University of The Gambia, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he served as a Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, Lagos State University, Canada, the United States, including Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Brazil.
Femi Ojo-Ade’ s Analytical Index of Presence Africaine, 1947-1972 includes over 4,700 entries, nearly equally divided by author and subject. The author section also includes anonymous and corporate headings. The index is a valuable tool for those interested in black studies.
Of Dreams Deferred, Dead or Alive: African Perspectives on African-American Writers, which Ojo-Ade edited, is a collection of explorations by African critics of the connections between African and African- American poets and writers, including Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Gloria Naylor, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Paule Marshall.
Femi Ojo-Ade was a Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Black History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Professor Ojo-Ade used his considerable influence to bring well-known artists and scholars to the college, among them Wole Soyinka who won the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1986. He used his ties with scholars at Brazilian universities to bring Brazilian students to St. Mary’s.
He died in Waldorf, Maryland, on March 19th, 2019.
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Femi was a master of languages and spoke French, Portuguese, Spanish, English and his native Yoruba. His sense of humor was priceless and he was known for his many jokes and quick wit.
He had a warm heart and was a passionate conversationalist.
Femi Ojo Ade had a wife Lara-Constance and four children: Dapo, Dotun, Tokes, and Dokun.