Balogun OjetadeBalogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link and Rite of Passage: Initiation.

He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/.

He is author of seven novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika, two Fight Fiction, New Pulp novellas – A Single Link and Fist of Afrika, the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the YA Urban Fantasy gamebook, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk.

Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis.

 

Balogun can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Baba_Balogun. His books and cool giveaways, contests and other goodies can also be found at the website for his publishing and film production company, Roaring Lions Productions.

32 responses »

  1. akamaireader says:

    thanks for following my blog!

  2. Hey, just stumbled upon your site through the Twitter-verse. Speculative Fiction writer here, myself. Just wanted to say you have a really innovative, fantastically designed thing going here, same with the original themes that you explore in genre fiction literature. I would never have known what Steamfunk was (let alone been able to identify and define it), had I not visited your page. Kudos, and much success. Lawrence Dagstine.

  3. giggirlny says:

    I am a newbie to the world of Steampunk. I am also a woman of color, consisting of quite a few nationalities, so I have been researching the non-typical Steampunk sites when I came across Chronicles of Harriet. I am thrilled to read such a new vision on the subject and want to applaud you for all of your extensive research into the past to expose the contributions by people of color to the industrial age and also to your creativity with including them in the genre of Steampunk for the 21st century. Bravo ‘Balogun’.

  4. L.J. says:

    I am also woman of color that’s new to Steampunk. I was looking for local African-American Steampunk forums when I can across Chronicles of Harriet. I am really enjoying your blog and how you are bring the triumphs of the past into the new age! I think SteamFunk will be bigger than anything Steampunk will ever be!

  5. I like what you do. I hope U have resources to update more frequently. Please consider adding categories to your headline such as: Afro Sci-Fi and Afrofuturism. These are the cutting edge for African Diaspora Speculative Fiction and Arts. There are many new performers and authors cresting. Black folks are attending more cons and buying more afrocentric products (novels, comics, movies, etc.). Others also are buying. This could be the nu AFRO-Renaissance. Thanks for your contribution.

    • Balogun says:

      Thanks, Stafford! On average, I post twice a week. This has been a busy time for me lately, with the recent Black Science Fiction Film Festival, the release of Ki-Khanga: The Anthology and the upcoming release of the Steamfunk Anthology (both in collaboration with Milton J. Davis). Thank YOU for your great works!

  6. terraolsen says:

    Friend just shared “RACISM IN ROLE-PLAYING GAMES!” Very good read! I would love to feature you on my blog, Have You Nerd, sometime as the “Guy of the Month”! Would you be interested? (haveyounerd.com and facebook.com/haveyounerd)

  7. terraolsen says:

    Awesome! Please email me at terra[at]haveyounerd[.]com

    Look forward to hearing from you!

  8. [...] My fellow nominees — Magpie Killjoy (better known as the founder of Steampunk Magazine), Balogun Ojetade, Steampunk Emma Goldman, and Jeni Hellum — have also done extensive work in their own right [...]

  9. Madame Pâte à Glacer says:

    Just received my hard copy of Steamfunk edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade. Once I am finished reading the last novel in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series I will proceed, tout suite, with my new addition to my steampunk library. So excited!

  10. Eugenia says:

    Love this blog!

  11. UrbanMystic says:

    I just found your blog and It’s brilliant. I look forward to exploring you writing further!

  12. […] Rococoa, and your great interest, Sword and Soul. Creative authors like Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade paint vivid pictures of worlds past, with pleasant and exciting twists. There is “Iniko” by […]

  13. Marina Smith says:

    I would love to have you as a guest speaker/workshop presenter at our local scifi convention here on the east coast of Canada. Here in Nova Scotia we have a number of cosplayers of color who bravely become LINK from Zelda, Sailor Moon…and steampunk personas also! What a boost of radiance you could bring if this was possible! Please look up our group on facebook and say hello! Your article had me smiling all night long, until I decided to write this…at almost midnight :)

    Marina Smith
    Jules Verne Phantastical Society
    Founder and President

    • Balogun says:

      I would love to be a guest. Nova Scotia is on my list of places to visit soon. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks, so much, for your feedback! :)

  14. Dear Balogun,

    I want to invite you to contribute to a volume of writers and artists responding to the work–and the racism–of H. P. Lovecraft.

    HPL considered pretty much everybody but “Nordics” his biological and cultural inferiors, yet SF continues to revere not just his fiction but the man himself. So we are asking some of the SF fans and geeks who belong to demographics that HPL slandered to “write back.”

    You have my email; please write me if you think you might be interested.

    –Ezra Claverie

  15. Grace says:

    Wow. I found your site thru an image search on “Coatsville Lynching of Zack Taylor”. Landed here and a whole new world emerged. I am a lily white, middle aged, historian, currently writing on slavery, and a biography of a reluctant Confederate soldier… probably about as far removed from your readership demographic as can be – but I am just simply mesmerized. First time my research has made me smile, and given me hope for the country we all share, in a very, very long time. This looks to me like the first blush of honest truth and reconciliation – KEEP IT GOING!

  16. Will Fisk says:

    Hey Balogun! You got some good stuff going on on this site. Keep up the good work and I will get back with you soon about some things I got in the works.

  17. […] at the blog of steamfunk author Balogun, the writer of Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman makes the case for why black children need […]

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    Drop by and see us sometimes…Your work is provocative. From: William Pleasant (Yes, Mary Ellen’s great-great grand nephew!)

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