Harry Garuba: Literary giant, HOD at University of Cape Town, South Africa

Harry Garuba: Literary giant, HOD at University of Cape Town, South Africa

- Harry Garuba burst on to the literary scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s and has made a name for himself

- The academic is not just a popular author and poet, he has been very active in the African literature since his early 20s

- Garuba's book was published when he was just 24 and his one act play, Pantomime for Saint Aparthied’s Day, was published Festac Anthology of Nigerian New Writing (1977)

- Born in Akure, southwestern Nigeria, in 1958, Garuba left for South Africa in 1988

Harry Garuba is the head of department and professor in the Centre of African Studies and also functions in the department of English at the University of Cape Town.

Garuba is a versed author and poet and a member of the editorial board of Heinemann African Writers Series. Added to that, he is one of the editors of an electronic journal on postcolonialism called Postcolonial Text.

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According to his profile on the university's website, he is very much interested in African and postcolonial literary works.

He published a volume of poetry titled Shadow and Dream & Other Poems when was just 24 years old. He later was an editor of another collection of poems called Voices from the Fringe.

His research interests cover areas like African Literature, African modernities, postcolonial theory and criticism, and Intellectuals/intellectual traditions of African nationalist writing.

Harry Garuba has been relevant in the African literary society for a long time.

Harry Garuba has been relevant in the African literary society for a long time.
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The brilliant poet was said to have hit the literary scene big in between the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was born in Akure in 1958. He stayed there before he got admission at the age to 17 into the University of Ibadan (UI).

He taught at UI for more than a decade before he left for South Africa in 1988. When he got to SA, he first took an appointment at University of Zululand.

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During the historical FESTAC 77, his one-act play, Pantomime for Saint Aparthied’s Day, was published in Festac Anthology of Nigerian New Writing (1977).

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The Nigerian academic was also the South African Research Chair in Postharvest technology.

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