Keïta’s research on Nokutela acknowledged in a recent book
Chérif Keïta, Professor of French, had his research on Nokutela Mdima Dube, the forgotten heroine of South Africa’s Liberation movement, acknowledged in a recent book, Journey Through Johannesburg’s Parks, Cemeteries and Zoo by Lucille Davie. A chapter titled “United In Death” shows the headstone Keïta helped raise for Nokutela in 2013, almost a century after her death, with an overview of her pioneering life and work in the U.S. and South Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Keïta teaches Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean, as well as advanced languages courses. A native of Mali, he has published books and articles on both social and literary problems in contemporary Africa. His special interests include the novel and social evolution in Mali, oral tradition, and the relationship between music, literature and culture in Africa. He is the author of Massa Makan Diabaté (L’Harmattan, 1995) and Salif Keïta: L’oiseau sur le fromager (Le Figuier, 2001). He has completed a documentary film entitled “Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube” (Special Mention at 2005 FESPACO) about the life of the first president of the African National Congress of South Africa and his education in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century. He has a number of concurrent film projects on American missionaries and missionary education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.