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HB-281926-22Research Programs: Awards for FacultyMary J. HendersonAfricanjujuism in Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Books and the Relaunch of Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s Literature8/1/2022 - 7/31/2023$30,000.00MaryJ.Henderson   Morgan State UniversityBaltimoreMD21251-0001USA2021African LiteratureAwards for FacultyResearch Programs300000300000

Research and writing for an article on the young adult fiction of Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor and to facilitate the migration of Sankofa, a journal dedicated to children’s literature by African authors. from print to online format.

I am applying for a twelve-month grant of part-time funding (50% course reduction) to produce a peer-reviewed article and to establish a digital repository in the form of an online journal. This grant would allow a partial teaching release for the year to compose an article about Africanjujuism in Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata books and to provide time to transition Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s Literature from a paper-base to an open access, peer-reviewed online journal. Sankofa’s objective is to disseminate information on African children’s and young adult literature. Sankofa’s mission is to recognize common inaccuracies and biases in books set in Africa; to provide book reviews and scholarly articles on emerging trends in African and African diaspora literatures; and to stimulate global conversation on the comparative patterns in children’s literature. The Okorafor article would be part of the new content for the Sankofa relaunch.