Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World

Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World

Solimar Otero


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University of Rochester Press



A study of the interchange between Cuba and Africa of Yoruban people and culture during the nineteenth century, with special emphasis on the Aguda community.
Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World explores how Yoruba and Afro-Cuban communities moved across the Atlantic between the Americas and Africa in successive waves in the nineteenth century. In Havana, Yoruba slaves from Lagos banded together to buy their freedom and sail home to Nigeria. Once in Lagos, this Cuban repatriate community became known as the Aguda. This community built their own neighborhood that celebrated their Afrolatino heritage. For these Yoruba and Afro-Cuban diasporic populations, nostalgic constructions of family and community play the role of narrating and locating a longed-for home. By providing a link between the workings of nostalgia and the construction of home, this volume re-theorizes cultural imaginaries as a source for diasporic community reinvention. Through ethnographic fieldwork and research in folkloristics, Otero reveals that the Aguda identify strongly with their Afro-Cuban roots in contemporary times. Their fluid identity moves from Yoruba to Cuban, and back again, in a manner that illustrates the truly cyclical nature of transnational Atlantic community affiliation.

Solimar Otero is Associate Professor of English and a folklorist at Louisiana State University. Her research centers on gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature and ethnography. Dr. Otero is the recipient of a Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant (2013), a fellowship at the Harvard Divinity School's Women's Studies in Religion Program (2009 to 2010), and a Fulbright award (2001).


12 black and white illustrations
260 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Personal eBook, 9781580468190, July 2010
Hardback, 9781580463263, July 2010
Paperback, 9781580464734, July 2013
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS001050, HIS024000, SOC002010
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Table of Contents

Grassroots Africans: Havana's "Lagosians"
Returning to Lagos: Making the Oja Home
"Second Diasporas": Reception in the Bight of Benin
Situating Lagosian, Caribbean, and Latin American Diasporas
Creating Afrocubanos: Public Cultures in a Circum-Atlantic Perspective
Conclusion: Flow, Community, and Diaspora
Appendix: Case Studies of Returnees to Lagos from Havana, Cuba


An innovative study that aptly points to the linguistic, cultural, and geographic expansiveness of Afro-Atlantic diasporic communities. . . anyone interested in a study of the African diaspora that does not begin and end in Africa or the United States will also find Afro-Cuban Diasporas particularly insightful. WESTERN FOLKLORE

Completely changes the understanding of the idea of the African diasporas. LEEDS AFRICAN STUDIES BULLETIN

A welcome addition. . . the result of impressive research that includes a vast array of sources and a thorough interpretation of Yoruba diasporas. HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

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