Rose A. Sackeyfio

Associate Professor

Rose A. Sackeyfio

224 Hall Patterson
(336) 750-2026 (p)
(336) 750-2180 (f)
Curriculum Vitae


My educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (1971) and Master of Science Degree (1982) from Brooklyn and Hunter College of the City University of New York respectively. I completed a Ph. D. (1992) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria where I taught for 10 years. Since my return to the United States in 1992 I have taught in the Department of English at Winston-Salem State University.  My area of specialization is the literature of African and African-American Women.  My academic and research interests evolved from over 35 years of travel and research in West Africa. I am especially interested in the examination of cultural traditions, and economic and political forces that affect the role and status of African women in contemporary society. My scholarly activities include a strong focus on International Education, Women's and Gender Studies, literary criticism and promotion of African Women writers. Of special relevance to my life and work is a commitment to bridge the historical and cultural gap between Africa and her Diaspora. My publications and scholarly pursuits explore various aspects of the lives of African women in a global arena. The development of Feminist perspectives in literature is thus critical, as writers explore how women continue to experience the intersection of race, class and gender in the 21st century.

Educational Background

  • Ph. D. 1992 Ahmadu Bello University
  • M. S.1982 Hunter College C.U.N.Y.
  • B.A. 1971 Brooklyn College C.U.N.Y.

Research and Projects Interests:

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities India Area Studies Award at WSSU is a rewarding opportunity for professional development and research into the literature of Indian and other south Asian women writers. An important outcome of this new research interest is the articulation of strong similarities between African and Indian women's lives. These are evident in culturally defined roles for women, values, customs and practices and Hindu religion. . Further, I have made inroads in researching Indian, Nepali and Tibetan women's writing. These new works will form a unit on South Asian women's writing in ENG 2306 Women's Writing in a Global Context that will be taught in spring 2014. In addition, a joint publication on Hindu and African Goddesses is underway between myself and Dr. Sasi Kiran. In sum, first hand exposure to a new culture has afforded multiple rewards and enhanced my knowledge and research into women's lives as expressed in their literature.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed 

“Black Women’s Bodies in a Global Economy: Sex, Lies and Slavery in Trafficked by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe.” At the Crossroads, Readings of the Post-Colonial and Global in African Literature and the Visual Arts.  Ed. Ghiramai Negash, Trenton: Africa World Press, 2014. Print.                                                                                                        

“New Spaces of the Self: Diaspora Identities in Short Fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sefi Atta”. African  Literature Today. Vol. 31. Ed. Ernest Emenyonu. James Currey. 102-114. Fall 2013. Print.

“Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: Victimhood and Agency in the Works of Ama Ata Aidoo”. Journal of the African Literature Association.  Ed. Porter Abioseh. pp. 66-81. Dec. 2012. Print.

“Altered Spaces: Interrogating Tradition and Modernity in Ama Ata Adoo’s Changes”. Obsidian III, Literature in the African Diaspora. Ed. Shelia Smith McKoy. pp. 73-111. Summer 2007. Print.

Non-Peer Reviewed

“Mothering Black: A Cross Cultural Perspective on Mothering in the Nigerian Academy”. Laboring On: Testimony, Theory and Transgressions of Black Mothering, Ed. Sekile Nzinga Johnson. Bradford: Demeter. pp.175-191. May 2013. Print.
“Celebrating a Literary Icon: Ama Ata Aidoo”. Flora Nwapa Newsletter, Ed. Marie Umeh. New York: John Jay College Pub. August 2012. Print.

“Reflections on Achebe’s Legacy”. Chinua Achebe: A Tribute (1930-2013, Ed. Anthonia Kalu, Simon Lewis and Ernest Emenyonu.

Additional Information:

  • Forthcoming Publications / Works in Progress
  • Academic Conferences and Invited Presentations
  • Courses Taught
  • Awards
  • Professional Memberships


     “Culture and Aesthetics in Selected Children’s Stories by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo”. African Literature Today. Vol. 32. Ed. Ernest Emenyonu. James Currey. 

    “Feminist Perspectives in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta”. Transatlantic Feminisms: Women’s and Gender Studies in Africa and the African Diaspora, Ed. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Dzodzi Tsikata and Cheryl Rodriguez. Maryland. Lexington. Press. 

    “Recasting Sisterhood in Swallow and Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta”. The Sefi Atta Reader. Ed. Walter Collins III. Amherst. Cambria. 

    “Connecting Threads: Nigerian Women’s Writing in the 21st Century”. Social Change and Women’s Writing in Nigeria, 1990-2010: Essays in Honor of Professor Theodora Akachi Ezeigbo. Ed. Patrick Oloko. Lagos: Nigeria.


    Emerging Perspectives on Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo, Rose A. Sackeyfio, Co-editor, Blessing Diala-Ogamba. Africa World  Press.


    “Feminism in African and African American Literature”, Jamia Mllia Islamia University, Delhi, August 15, 2014.

    “The Impact of Globalization on African Women. Women’s World Congress”, University of Hyderabad, India, August 17-22, 2014.

    “Motherhood in African Literature”, Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Development Annual Conference, Mothers, Motherhood and Mothering, Oct. 22-24, Ontario, 2014.

    “Writing Life, Writing Self: Protest and Resistance in the Works of Nawal El Saadawi”, African Literature Assoc. Annual Conference. Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living In and beyond the Shadows of Apartheid. University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, April 9-13, 2014.

    “Culture and Aesthetics in Children’s Fiction by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo”, African Studies Association Meeting, Baltimore, November, 2013.

    “The Goddess in West African Religion”, “Writing Back: Feminist Perspectives in African and African American Literature””, Lady: Sri Ram University, New Delhi, India: Hosted by The English Literary Association and Interface. October 22-25, 2013.

    “Writing Women’s Lives: Identity, Culture and Literature in India”. Teaching About India Conference, UNC Asheville, September 13, 2013.

    “Globalizing Gender Across Cultures”, Panel Presentation: Promoting Global Perspectives through Professional Development and Curricular Integration at an HBCU: Council on International Education Exchange Annual Conference, Shanghai, China, Nov. 14-17, 2012.

    “Feminism in African Women’s Literature”, Wake Forest U. Colloquia: WGS and Dept. of English, March 24, 2011.                                                                                                         

    “Fractured Identity and Psychological Violence in Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremgba”, Africa and Blackness in World Literature and Visual Arts: 35th Annual African Literature Association Conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, April 15-19, 2009.

    “The Impact of Religious Conflict on the African Family in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”, Sixty-Seventh Annual Convention of the College Language Association, April 18-21, 2007.

    “Healing the Divide: Africans and African Americans in the 21st Century”, Towards an Africa Without Borders Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oct. 8-10, 2004.

     “Visions of the Self: Fragmented Perceptions of African Womanhood in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy”, Cultural Connections in the Diaspora: Africa and the Americas. 58th Annual Convention & 61st Anniversary of the College Language Association. Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida. April 15-18, 1998.

    “Dimensions of African Womanhood in the Works of Buchi Emecheta: Transcending the Boundaries of Place and Space”, Literature in Migration: City, Country, World. 57th Annual Convention & 60th Anniversary of the College Language Association. Spellman College, Atlanta GA. April 16-19, 1997.

    “Remove the Obstacles to Women’s Involvement and Productivity as It Contributes to the Environment”, Atlas Women’s Workshop: The Impact of Women on the Environment in Developing Countries. National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Presentation/Moderator: May 12 -18, 1997.

    HUM 2315 Black Women's Identity through Time

    ENG 2306 Women's Literature in a Global Context

    HUM 2310 African American Culture

    ENG 2301 and 2302 World Literature

    UNC India Technology Learning Grant: This grant will develop a Skype/Video Course with WSSU and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, India. The course will be called “World Literature and Culture” and will be offered at both institutions in Spring, 2015.

    Visiting Scholar Fellowship: African Studies UNC-Chapel Hill March 1-August 31, 2014.

    National Endowment for the Humanities: Co-Director for India Area Studies: Internalization Project at Winston-Salem State University, December 4, 2012-Fall 2014.

    Research Initiation Proposal (RIP) April 29, 2011, Ghana Film Project, Pilot Documentary completed in Accra, Ghana, Title: Building Bridges: The Untold African Story, Executive Producer, Rose A. Sackeyfio.

    Council on International Educational Exchange: International Faculty Development Seminar:Religion, Ecology and Identity in Tibet, Summer, 2011.

    College Language Association

    African Studies Association

    African Literature Association

    Sigma Tau Delta

    Igbo Studies Association

    Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

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