adjirakor

Nikitta Adjirakor

Junior Fellow

Contact

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth


Email: nikitta.adjirakor@uni-bayreuth.de

Current Project

Bongo Fleva and Spoken Word as Aesthetic Practices in Tanzania: Form, Experience and Relation to Lifeworlds


Research Interests:

Swahili Language and Literature, Popular culture, Popular music in Kenya and Tanzania, Poetry, Poetics

Geographical Area:

Tanzania


Academic Vita

since April 2017

Junior Fellow at BIGSAS

since March 2016

Research Assistant, Chair of Literatures in African Languages, University of Bayreuth

2016

Master's Degree in African Language Studies (Swahili Studies), University of Bayreuth

2012

Bachelor's Degree in English and Swahili, University of Ghana

 

Paper Presentations

11-14 June 2019 "Self-funding and Crowdfunding: Owning Poetry Performances in Dar es Salaam." - European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom
11-13 September 2018 "I go for the Vibe: Experiencing Performance Poetry in Dar es Salaam" - African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom
2-6 July 2018 "Dismantling the Notion of a Tanzanian - Swahili Identity through English in Hip-hop" - 20th International Congress of Linguistics (ICL), Cape Town, South Africa
5 June 2018 "Exploring Questions of Self and Nation through Poetry and Hip-hop in Everyday Life in Dar es Salaam" - Afrikanistisches Forschungskolloquium, University of Bayreuth
11-13 May 2018 "On being Swahili and Tanzanian: (Re)exploring Questions of Self and Nation through Poetry and Hip-hop in Everyday Life in Dar es Salaam" - 31st Swahili Colloquium, University of Bayreuth
20-25 March 2018 "Power to the People? Patronage, Intervention and Transformation in African Performative Arts" - BIGSAS Symposium, Moi University, Kenya
8-10 October 2017 "Hip-hop and Spoken Word in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania" - Workshop on Reading Poetic Texts, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
26-28 May 2017 "Verbal Arts as Aesthetic Practices in Tanzania" - 30th Swahili Colloquium, University of Bayreuth
8 May 2016 "Writing the City as 'Home' and 'Unhomely' in Hip-hop from Accra and Nairobi" - 29th Swahili Colloquium, University of Bayreuth
9 June 2015 "Writing the City as Home: Hip-hop and Urban Space in Accra and Nairobi" - Afrikanistisches Forschungskolloquium, University of Bayreuth
13 January 2014 "The Poetics of Hiplife - An Analysis of the Song'Someway bi' by the artist M.anifest" - Afrikanistisches Forschungskolloquium, University of Bayreuth

 

Summer School

2-15 July 2017 Bayreuth International Summer School, University of Bayreuth

Prizes

2019 DAAD Prize


Publications

Adjirakor, Nikitta (2017). "Constructing the African City through Hip-hop in 'Nai ni ya who?' by Muthoni the Drummer Queen". Research in African Literatures 8 (1). 116-134.