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Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Literatures in African Languages

Nikitta Dede Adjirakor is a research assistant in Literatures in African Languages and currently working on the research project “Poetry as Aesthetic Practice: Form, Experience and Lifeworlds in Verbal Arts in Madagascar and Tanzania”.

Before this, she earned a Master’s degree in African Language Studies Languages (Swahili Studies) in the University of Bayreuth and a Bachelor's degree in English and Swahili at the University of Ghana, Legon.

In addition to her academic work, she runs a literary organisation called Write Ghana Literary Initiatives that promotes literature in indigenous Ghanaian languages through writing prizes, workshops and festivals.

Consultation by prior arrangement

Academic Degrees

Since April 2017         

Junior Fellow, Bayreuth International Graduate School of     African Studies (BIGSAS)

Since 2016       

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

2013 – 2016                 

Masters Degree in African Language Studies (Swahili Studies) – University of Bayreuth

2008 – 2012

Bachelors Degree in English and Swahili – University of Ghana,  Legon

Paper Presentations 


"Self-funding and Crowdfunding: Owning Poetry Performances in Dar es Salaam." – European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom


"I go for the Vibe: Experiencing Performance Poetry in Dar es Salaam" – African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2018 "Dismantling the Notion of a Tanzanian - Swahili Identity through English in Hip-hop" – 20th International Congress of Linguistics (ICL), Cape Town, South Africa


“Hip-hop and Spoken Word in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” – Workshop on  Reading Poetic Texts, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 


"Verbal Arts as Aesthetic Practices in Tanzania” – 30th Swahili Colloquium, University of Bayreuth.


"Writing the City as 'Home' and 'Unhomely' in Hip-hop from Accra and Nairobi."  – 29th Swahili Colloquium, University of Bayreuth, Germany.


"Writing the City as Home: Hip-hop and Urban Space in Accra and Nairobi." Afrikanistik Forschungskolloquium, University of Bayreuth, Germany.


"The Poetics of Hiplife – An Analysis of the Song 'Someway bi' by the artiste M.anifest." Afrikanistik Forschungskolloquium, University of Bayreuth, Germany.


Summer Schools

 2 – 15 July 2017

Bayreuth International Summer School, University of Bayreuth.  


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.


Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Literatures in African Languages



  • Tanzania
  • Kenya

Research Interests

  • Swahili Literature, Popular culture, Popular music in Kenya and Tanzania, poetry and poetics

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Literatures in African Languages

Nikitta Dede Adjirakor
Research Associate

University of Bayreuth 
Literatures in African languages 
95440 Bayreuth 
Room: 1.10 (GW I)

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3580
E-mail: nikitta.adjirakor@uni-bayreuth.de

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