USA Africa Dialogue Series - History and combative commitment in the poetry of Odia Ofeimun

Odia Ofeimun was born in 1950 in Iruekpen-Ekema, Edo State, Nigeria. Ofeimun belongs to the second generation of Nigerian poets – a generation that emerged in the seventies to challenge the tradition of "apolitical poetry" associated with an earlier generation of poets including, Wole Soyinka, Christopher Okigbo and J. P. Clark-Bekederemo. A graduate of political science from the University of Ibadan, Ofeimun has, over the years, been an active member of the Association of Nigerian Authors, the umbrella union of Nigerian writers; he has served at various times as its general secretary and president. Odia Ofeimun has been a member of the editorial board of The Guardian newspaper in Lagos, and Chairman, Editorial Board of The News and Tempo Magazine—exponents of guerrilla journalism during the Abacha's years.....





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