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Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi - Biomedical Informatician, Professor & Author of Jollof Rice & Other Revolutions

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About the Book: Nonso, Remi, Aisha, and Solape meet as young, impressionable students at an all-girls boarding school, quickly forming a lifetime bond when they stand up to an older girl’s attempt at hazing. Their sisterhood is soon challenged, however, when they participate in a school rebellion, the uprising causing repercussions that will forever change their lives.

Traversing Nigeria, Europe, and America, spanning a century and a half, and showcasing the women and men who shaped these young girl’s lives, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions offers a window into the world of these accomplished Nigerian women, illuminating their trials and tribulations as they attempt to control their destinies.

Nonso’s step-grandmother, Adaoma, faced with infertility, takes matters into her hands when she amasses a fortune, acquiring a wife to create a family of her own. Decades later, Nonso also grapples with fertility issues after she moves to the United States and falls in love with an African-American man. Remi’s future husband, Segun, has an encounter with the police in the Bronx; but his strength, and the lessons he learned from his father, help him carry on. He offers support to Remi through her traumatic struggles with her father. Aisha can’t seem to leave her guilt from the aftermath of the boarding school rebellion behind, letting it influence her career and relationship choices—until her son’s life is on the line and she makes a momentous decision to redefine her legacy by saving him.

Illuminating the ties of friendship, the tangled bonds of family, the isolation of being an immigrant, and the need for belonging, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions offers a nuanced portrait of these women as they look back in their attempts to move forward.

Bio: Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. A finalist for the 2009 PEN/Studzinski Award (published in New Writing from Africa 2009, a collection of PEN/Studzinski Award finalists’ stories), her stories have been published in Ploughshares and listed in The Best American Short Stories 2018. Her poetry has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, the Indiana Review and Wasafiri. She graduated from Barnard and UPenn with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science. Omolola is a Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles, where she teaches and conducts research on using biomedical informatics to reduce health disparities. She lives in California with her husband.

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About the Book: Nonso, Remi, Aisha, and Solape meet as young, impressionable students at an all-girls boarding school, quickly forming a lifetime bond when they stand up to an older girl’s attempt at hazing. Their sisterhood is soon challenged, however, when they participate in a school rebellion, the uprising causing repercussions that will forever change their lives.

Traversing Nigeria, Europe, and America, spanning a century and a half, and showcasing the women and men who shaped these young girl’s lives, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions offers a window into the world of these accomplished Nigerian women, illuminating their trials and tribulations as they attempt to control their destinies.

Nonso’s step-grandmother, Adaoma, faced with infertility, takes matters into her hands when she amasses a fortune, acquiring a wife to create a family of her own. Decades later, Nonso also grapples with fertility issues after she moves to the United States and falls in love with an African-American man. Remi’s future husband, Segun, has an encounter with the police in the Bronx; but his strength, and the lessons he learned from his father, help him carry on. He offers support to Remi through her traumatic struggles with her father. Aisha can’t seem to leave her guilt from the aftermath of the boarding school rebellion behind, letting it influence her career and relationship choices—until her son’s life is on the line and she makes a momentous decision to redefine her legacy by saving him.

Illuminating the ties of friendship, the tangled bonds of family, the isolation of being an immigrant, and the need for belonging, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions offers a nuanced portrait of these women as they look back in their attempts to move forward.

Bio: Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. A finalist for the 2009 PEN/Studzinski Award (published in New Writing from Africa 2009, a collection of PEN/Studzinski Award finalists’ stories), her stories have been published in Ploughshares and listed in The Best American Short Stories 2018. Her poetry has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, the Indiana Review and Wasafiri. She graduated from Barnard and UPenn with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science. Omolola is a Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles, where she teaches and conducts research on using biomedical informatics to reduce health disparities. She lives in California with her husband.

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