AUTHORS





  • Dokun ADEDEJI
  • Tunde ADENIRAN
  • Akinyemi ADETUNJI
  • Uwem AKPAN
  • Adewale AJADI
  • Ifeanyi AJAEGBO
  • Fabian AJOGWU
  • Oladipo AKINKUGBE
  • Nina ANYIANAKU
  • Femi BADAKI
  • Debo BASORUN
  • Richard BOURNE
  • John CAMPBELL
  • Jess CASTELLOTE
  • JP CLARK
  • Toyin FALOLA
  • Deji HAASTRUP
  • Jonathan HAYNES
  • Biodun JEYIFO
  • Matthew KUKAH
  • Alfred LEWIS
  • Siphiwo MAHALA
  • Tony MARINHO
  • Arthur MBANEFO
  • Marjorie MCINTOSH
  • Kingsley MOGHALU
  • Okey NDIBE
  • Yemi OGUNBIYI
  • Chioma OKEREKE
  • Christopher OKIGBO
  • Tejumola OLANIYAN
  • Tunji OLAOPA
  • Dayo OLOPADE
  • Michael OMOLEWA
  • Kole OMOTOSO
  • Yewande OMOTOSO
  • Eghosa OSAGHAE
  • Femi OSOFISAN
  • Niyi OSUNDARE
  • Akinjide OSUNTOKUN
  • Michael PEEL
  • Ogochukwu PROMISE
  • Remi RAJI
  • Keith RICHARDS
  • Wole SOYINKA
  • Olufemi TAIWO

DOKUN ADEDEJI is a medical doctor, human resources professional, writer and poet. His first poems were published in 2004 as part of a collection, Poets at Work. He was the head of the human resources department at Cadbury Nigeria Plc. Adedeji is married with a daughter.


TUNDE ADENIRAN (Ph.D – Columbia) KJW, OFR, FCPA is a professor of political science, poet and politician. He has authored over one hundred and (120) publications in form of books, monographs and scholarly articles in reputable international journals. His professional career has been in the academia where he rose to become a professor and head of department of political science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He retired in 1998 to go into politics but has not stopped writing since then.

He was, for a brief period, a staff of the United Nations in New York City while his service to Nigeria has been spectacular and varied – covering his local community, his state, his geopolitical zone and the entire nation – including strategic engagements as Nigeria’s representative outside the shores of the country.


AKINYEMI ADETUNJI is an alumnus of Pan-Atlantic University and Obafemi Awolowo University. He has a background in management, specialising in art curation for web and electronic media. He is a portfolio manager for a handful of artists including Ben Osaghae. He acted as the assistant director, curator and content manager for the Pan-Atlantic University’s Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art; one of the first virtual museums in Nigeria. He is also the present manager at the Foundation for Contemporary and Modern Visual Arts; a non-profit organisation set up primarily to scale up support for contemporary Nigerian art.

 Akinyemi acts as project manager to many other art oriented projects including exhibitions, documentary productions, book publishing, etc.


UWEM AKPAN was born in Ikot Akpan Eda in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. After attending Queen of Apostles' Minor Seminary, Afaha Obong, he studied at Creighton and Gonzaga universities, USA, and at Hekima College, Kenya. Ordained in 2003, he received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006. Published in 2008, Say You're One of Them, his first book, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region); PEN/Beyond Margins Award; and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Fr. Uwem was also nominated for The Guardian (UK) First Book Award and for the Caine Prize for African Writing. He is the first Nigerian writer to receive the prestigious Oprah Winfrey Bookclub endorsement.


ADEWALE AJADI is a creative consultant, leadership educator, change agent and storyteller. Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, he has over twenty years experience working on people, organisations and communities on issues that transform human interaction in the direction of meaningful dialogue, authentic interaction and empowered value creation as well as evolution.

A barrister, Ajadi also has an MSc. in International Business Economics; he has also studied Leadership Education at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Complex Systems Theory in New England Complex Systems Institute, MIT. He developed the Framework for Excellence in Equality and Diversity (FEED) system. He works with African Leadership Center to deliver training on Leadership in Peace Operations across Africa and the rest of the world, as part of UN/UNITAR capacity building programme.

Ajadi is also a successful playwright, and his play, ‘Abyssinia’ has toured the UK. Ajadi has co-authored two books Building Workplace Equality: Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, as well as, Croner's Managing Equality and Diversity.


IFEANYI AJAEGBO is a development consultant and communications practitioner who lives and works in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. His writing has won awards and fellowships, including the 2005 African regional prize for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. His first novel is Sarah House, which paints a vivid image of horrors that occur in shrouded parts of Nigeria where rural girls are lured by false promises of jobs and a better life to the big cities.


FABIAN AJOGWU is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and Lagos Business School Professor of Corporate Governance. An alumnus of Said Business School of Oxford University, and of the Lagos Business School, Professor Ajogwu holds a doctorate degree in law from University of Aberdeen, Scotland; an MBA from the IESE Business School, Barcelona; and law degrees from the University of Nigeria, and University of Lagos. He has been honorary counsel to the State of Israel in Nigeria, and Republic of South Africa in Nigeria. He is a member of the Council of Legal Education (Nigerian Law School), and a fellow of the AIFA Reading Society. He is the author of a number of authoritative law texts, including Ship Acquisition and Finance: Law and Practice; Corporate Governance and Group Dynamics; and Mergers and Acquisitions in Nigeria: Law and Practice.


PROFESSOR OLADIPO AKINKUGBE attended Government College, Ibadan (1946-51), University College Ibadan from 1951-55, University of London (1955-58), University of Liverpool (1960), and Oxford University (1962-64). He became Professor of Medicine, University of Ibadan (1968); dean of medicine (1970-74); visiting professor of medicine at Harvard (1974-75); Oxford (1981-82) and Cape Town (1995); principal, then vice-chancellor, University of Ilorin (1975-78); vice-chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (1978-79); Pro-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt (1986-90); foundation chair, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and chairman, management board, University College Hospital, Ibadan (2000-2003).

He is a member of various international medical and scientific panels, and author of many papers on hypertension and renal diseases in national and international journals. In 1989 he received the Searle Distinguished Research Award for his contributions to hypertension in black populations and in 2004, the Boehringer Ingelheim Award of the International Society of Hypertension. He was made Hon. Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University in 2009 and has honorary doctorates from six Nigerian universities, including Ibadan. He has also been conferred with traditional chieftaincy titles from Ile-Ife, Ondo, Ibadan and Ijebu-Igbo. He is married to Professor Folasade Akinkugbe and they have two sons and a set of grand-twins.


NINA ANYIANAKU lost her father at a very young age and as a very rambunctious, creative child, often got in trouble with her disciplinarian mother who in the bid to calm her down introduced her to books. By the time she turned seven she had read all the children’s series published under the Winners brand and graduated to stealing and reading any book of her older siblings she laid her hands on. At nine she had practically read the entire published works on the African Writers Series and got into more trouble writing on every paper surface she came in contact with including the blank pages on the inside covers of her children’s Bible.

Anyianaku, is a TV presenter/producer, creative/style director and as she likes to call herself, “An Actor in Progress”. She attended the prestigious London Academy of Media, Film and TV and also has a BA in theatre arts from the University of Port-Harcourt.


FEMI BADAKI is a human resource and organisational development specialist. His international experience spans over thirty years, covering diverse environments such as Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, Central Europe, and the United States. Badaki started his career in human resource management in Leyland International. In the last half of his six-year stint with the company, he served as personnel manager in the company’s auto-manufacturing outfit in Nigeria. Badaki then joined the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in 1984. He served in various capacities in the institute and left as director of HR of the organisation.

Badaki lives in the United States of America where he was a human resource manager at the World Bank. He has served variously as regional manager for Europe and Central Asia, as well as corporate HR manager at the Bank. While living in Nigeria, he was a lecturer in the Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations Program of the University of Ibadan for many years.


DEBO BASORUN, the first and only Public Relations Officer (PRO) to serve two consecutive Nigerian chiefs of army staff (Generals Wushishi and Babangida) reached the zenith of his military career when he was appointed press & public affairs officer (military press secretary) to the military president of Nigeria in 1985, a position which has no precedence in the history of Nigeria. However, his conviction that the government was involved in other dastardly criminal adventures informed Major Basorun's decision to call it quits from the Military. He successfully completed an Executive Management Course at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) – the institution reputed for grooming citizens for national leadership roles – and subsequently tendered his resignation from the Army and government in 1988. This move startled the nation, as he was the first highly visible member of the junta to resign on grounds of political and ethical beliefs. His resignation was disallowed, forcing him to seek redress in the law courts; which generated a lot of national attention.

As the litigation progressed, several attempts were made on his life, prompting him to flee to U.S. in 1989 where he resided for 18 years as a political asylee. Following the annulment of the nation's presidential election of June 12, 1993, he founded the Democratic Alliance for Nigeria with offices in 18 U.S. states. An internationally acknowledged political analyst and media consultant, Major Basorun is now back home in Nigeria where he is currently involved in a variety of business interests.


RICHARD BOURNE, is a British writer and journalist. His other recent books include Catastrophe - What Went Wrong in Zimbabwe (Zed Books, 2011) and Lula of Brazil – The Story So Far (University of California Press and Zed Books, 2008). He edited Shridath Ramphal: The Commonwealth and the World (Hansib, 2008) which came out on the 80th birthday of the Commonwealth Secretary-General (1975-1990), who preceded Chief Emeka Anyaoku in that post. As a young journalist, he worked for ten years on The Guardian, and has been involved in Commonwealth activities since 1982, setting up the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in 1987; a campaigning group in which he collaborated closely with the late Beko Ransome-Kuti. He is married with three children and six grandchildren.


JOHN CAMPBELL is the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. From 1975 to 2007, he served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer. He served twice in Nigeria, as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. His additional overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs.

From 2007 to 2008, he was visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was also a Department of State midcareer fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Prior to his career in the Foreign Service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.


JESS CASTELLOTE is a Lagos-based Spanish architect who became intensely involved in the Nigerian art scene. Since 2008, he has maintained a widely accessed blog on contemporary art, ‘A View from My Corner’. He has co-authored two books, Contemporary Nigerian Art in Lagos Private Collection: New Trees in an Old Forest and Oshinowo as well as published several papers focused on developing the Nigerian art scene. He has also acted as an independent art advisor to several private and corporate bodies. He is presently the director of the Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art, an online educational resource he initiated at the Pan-African University, Lagos.


JOHN 'PEPPER' CLARK is a poet, journalist, playwright, and scholar-critic who conducted research into traditional Ijo myths and wrote essays on African poetry. He studied English at the University of Ibadan, where he founded The Horn, a magazine of student poetry. He began his career as a writer and journalist working as a Nigerian government information officer and then as the features and editorial writer for The Daily Express in Lagos (1960–62). After spending a year at Princeton University, he released America, Their America (1964), in which he attacks American middle-class values. Clark’s verse collections include Poems (1962) and A Reed in the Tide (1965). ‘The Casualties: Poems 1966–68’ (1970) is concerned primarily with the Nigerian civil war.

Other poetry collections include A Decade of Tongues (1981) and Mandela and Other Poems (1988).His plays have also been well received, especially Song of a Goat (1961) and The Raft (1978), considered to be his finest piece of dramatic writing. In the latter, four men helplessly adrift on a raft in the Niger River suggests both the human predicament and the dilemma of Nigeria in the modern world. Clark’s characterisation is convincing and his symbolic setting richly allusive.


Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, TOYIN FALOLA is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas. He is the author and editor of over a hundred books, and the series editor of ‘Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora’, The Culture and Customs of Africa (Greenwood Press, 2001), Classic Authors and Texts on Africa (Africa World Press) and Carolina Studies on Africa and the Black World.

His memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, captures his childhood and has received various awards. He has received various awards and honours at the University of Texas, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, The Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award.


DEJI HAASTRUP started his career as a radio and television broadcaster and recently retired as the general manager for Policy, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron Nigeria-Mid Africa Business Unit. Before joining Chevron, Deji served as public relations manager of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan. And before joining IITA, he served with the United States Information Service (USIS) as public affairs assistant to the US Consul in Ibadan. He is the author of three works of non-fiction: Eavesdropping: Essays and Travel Notes; A Rich Enabling Silence; and Little Birds and Ordinary People. Deji shares his time between residences in Lagos and Ibadan in Nigerian and a farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


JONATHAN HAYNES was educated at McGill University (B.A. with honors, 1974) and Yale (M.A., 1976; Ph.D., 1980). He has taught at the American University in Cairo (Egypt); Tufts University; Albion College; Bennington College; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria); Columbia University; New York University; and the University of Ibadan (Nigeria). Since 1998, Dr. Haynes has been at Long Island University, first at Southampton College and then, since 2004, in the English Department at the Brooklyn Campus.

In 2001-2002 he was director of the Friends World Program’s West African Center in Kumasi, Ghana. Dr. Haynes has written two books on English Renaissance literature: The Humanist as Traveler: George Sandys’s Relation of a Journey Begun An. Dom. 1610 and The Social Relations of Jonson’s Theater. He is also the co-author (with Onookome Okome) of Cinema and Social Change in West Africa and the editor of ‘Nigerian Video Films’. His articles have appeared in Africa, Africa Today, African Affairs, The Journal of African Cultural Studies, Film International, Research in African Literatures, Postcolonial Text, Africa & Mediterraneo, CinémAction, Jump Cut, Glendora Review, Ase, Alif, Studies in Philology, ELH: English Literary History, Themes in Drama, and in several edited volumes and encyclopedias.


BIODUN JEYIFO is Professor of Literature and Comparative Literature and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He was educated at the University of Ibadan and New York University. He has taught at the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, and Cornell University. Between 1980 and 1982, he served as the national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria's professional association of teaching and research faculty; in this position, he helped to shape state policy in the direction of consolidation of academic autonomy and adequate funding of tertiary education in Nigeria.

Professor Jeyifo works on the complex connections between literature, critical theory, radical humanities scholarship and twentieth century progressive and revolutionary social philosophy. His book-length publication, Wole Soyinka: Politics, Poetics, and Post-colonialism, won one of the American Library Association's Outstanding Academic Texts (OATS) awards for 2005.


MATTHEW HASSAN KUKAH, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese was born on August 31, 1952. He schooled at St Joseph's Minor Seminary where he had his secondary education (1970); St Augustine's Seminary, Jos, where he obtained a Bachelor of Divinity (1976); University of Ibadan where he earned a Diploma in Religious Studies (1976); University of Bradford, UK where he obtained a Master's in Peace Studies (1981); PhD in London University (1990) and a Master's in Public Policy at the JF Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2004). He was a Senior Rhodes Fellow at the Oxford University (St Antony's College) between 2001-2003.

Bishop Kukah was ordained a priest on December 19, 1976 and became Associate Parish Priest in Kaduna (1977-78); Lecturer, Dean of Students at St Augustine's Seminary, Jos (1978-79); Rector of the Junior Seminary, Zaria (1981-82) among others.

He was a member of the Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission of the Federal Government of Nigeria which took place between 1999-2002 and was appointed secretary of the National Political Reform Conference from February - July 2005. He was also appointed chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation by the Federal Government in 2005, a post which he holds to date.


ALFRED LEWIS is a Professor of Management and Economics and an award-winning instructor of Finance, International Business, and Strategic Management. He studied under the guidance of the founding father of Strategic Management, H.I. Ansoff, and has published numerous books and articles in the field of Banking, Entrepreneurship Human Resources Management, International Business, Law, Not-for-profit Management and Strategic Management. Lewis has held several academic and administrative positions and has been visiting professor to universities in China, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Dr. Lewis is editor of the Journal of Business Strategy series published by Emerald in the United Kingdom. He is also Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management & Economics. He is a member of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) as well as the Anti-Corruption Working Group. He currently serves as technical advisor/faculty with the USAID Middle-East Education to Employment Fellows Program (covering Israel, Jordan, Palestine & Lebanon).


SIPHIWO MAHALA is the author of When a Man Cries (2007), a novel which he translated into isiXhosa as ‘Yakhal’ Indoda’ (2010). His short stories appear in numerous literary journals and magazines locally and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in African Literature from Wits University. He is the head of books and publishing at the South African National Department of Arts and Culture. African Delights is a text prescribed for English third-year level at Stellenbosch University, postgraduate studies at College le Mexico and Vanderbilt University in the US.


DR. TONY MARINHO is a practising obstetrician and gynaecologist. He is an author of several books of short stories, poetry and children's books. He has also abridged Wole Soyinka's childhood memoir, Ake for children. He is a frequent social commentator, maintaining a regular weekly column in The Nation. He founded, with others, Educare Trust, a youth-targeted education and health NGO which has impacted positively on the educational experience of millions of youth and young adults.


ARTHUR MBANEFO is a chartered accountant, diplomat and businessman. Born in Onitsha, Anambra State, he was educated at St. Patrick’s College, Calabar. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He was a partner in Akintola Williams & Co. for over 21 years and was the initiator and founder of AW Consultants Limited, the management consulting arm of Akintola Williams & Co. and was the managing director until he retired from the practice in 1986 to found his own rm, Arthur Mbanefo & Associates, Corporate and Financial Advisers.

Chief Mbanefo was on the Council of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) for four years and he also served for one year on the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC), now the International Accounting Standards Board. He has served on the boards of many publicly quoted companies in Nigeria. He was pro chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife (OAU), and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) respectively, all over an unbroken period of nine years. He has served the federal and state governments of Nigeria in many capacities. He was chairman of the committee on states and local government creation setup by the federal government in 1995.

He finally served as ambassador plenipotentiary and permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations for four years (1999-2003). He is a distinguished Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). He is also a Commander of the Order of Merit, Republic of Italy and a Grand Officer, National Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil. In his pursuit to encourage and promote the dissemination of high quality education and knowledge amongst the Nigerian youth he sets up at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Resource Centre in 2011. He has the traditional titles: the Odu of Onitsha and the Oluwo Adimula of Ile-Ife.


MARJORIE MCINTOSH is a Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work on Africa includes Women, Work and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003’, written with Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo. The book received the 2007 Aidoo-Snyder Prize, awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association. She is also author of Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620 and Controlling Misbehavior in England, 1370-1600.


KINGSLEY MOGHALU was a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was the founder and CEO of Sogato Strategies S.A., a global strategy and risk management consulting firm in Geneva, Switzerland. He has previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years in strategic planning, legal, development finance and executive management posts at duty stations in New York, Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania, and Switzerland. He is the author of two other books, Global Justice (Stanford University Press, 2008), Rwanda's Genocide (Palgrave, 2005) and numerous articles on law, banking regulation, political economy and public policy.

Kingsley Moghalu obtained a Ph.D. degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an M.A from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an LL.B from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also obtained an International Certificate in Risk Management at the Institute of Risk Management in London, UK, and has participated in executive education programmes at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and the International Monetary Fund Institute.


OKEY NDIBE is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. Of Igbo ethnicity, Ndibe was born in Yola, Nigeria. He has an MFA in writing and a PhD in literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Arrows of Rain (2000) and Foreign Gods, Inc. (2014), which were both critically acclaimed novels. Ndibe is one of the foremost respected and admired contributors to the social and political essence of Nigeria or lack of it. He has contributed to Next, a now-defunct Nigerian newspaper, The Hartford Courant, The Fabian Society Journal, Black Issues Book Review and BBC Online.


A former university teacher who taught at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and the former University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University), YEMI OGUNBIYI holds a PhD in Dramatic Literature from New York University. He was a foundation member of the Guardian Newspapers, and went on to head the Nigerian Daily Times group of newspapers as Managing Director.

Today, he is Chairman of Tanus Books (Nigeria) Limited, a publishing company that specialises in the publication of school textbooks. His Sixty Years of Winning with Nigeria: The History of Nigerian Breweries Plc (1946-2006), was published in 2007. His other works include ‘Drama and Theatre in Nigeria: A Critical Source Book’ which was published in 1981 and reissued in 2011; and two volumes of Perspectives on Nigerian Literature: 1700 to the Present, which are edited, critical selections from The Guardian Literary Series. Dr. Ogunbiyi is happily married with children.


CHIOMA OKEREKE was born in Benin City, Nigeria and moved to London at the age of seven. She started her writing career as a poet before turning her hand to fiction. Her work has been shortlisted in the Undiscovered Authors Competition 2006, run by Bookforce UK, and in the Daily Telegraph ‘Novel in a Year’ Competition in 2007. Bitter Leaf is her first novel.


CHRISTOPHER OKIGBO was a Nigerian poet, teacher, and librarian. He was popularly known for his post-colonial English-language African poetry; during his short lifetime, he published three volumes of poetry; ‘Heavensgate’ (1962), ‘Limits’ (1964), and ‘Silences’ (1965). His work has appeared in various journals, notably ‘Black Orpheus’, which brings together the best works of African and African American writers.

The themes of Okigbo’s poetry range from symbolic interpretations of his personal experiences to his thoughts on the role of a poet. When the secession of Biafra led to the Nigerian civil war in 1967, Okigbo joined the new state’s military as a volunteer. He was killed in action in Nsukka, the university town where he had initially found his voice as a poet.


TEJUMOLA OLANIYAN is the Louis Durham Mead Professor of English and African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African American and Caribbean Drama’ (Oxford UP, 1995), co-editor of African Drama and Performance (with John Conteh-Morgan; Indiana UP, 2004), and African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory (with Ato-Quayson; Blackwell, 2007).


TUNJI OLAOPA holds a doctorate degree in public administration, and two earlier degrees in political science and political theory from the University of Ibadan. He joined the civil service as a chief research officer in the office of the president of Nigeria in 1988 and retired as the permanent secretary in the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Abuja.

His areas of expertise range from public sector reform and restructuring, policy analysis and research designs to governance and institutional analysis/development. Dr Olaopa has published several seminal articles and authored six titles including Theory and Practice of Public Administration and Civil Service Reforms in Nigeria (2008), Innovation and Best Practices in Public Sector Reforms: Ideas, Strategies and Conditions (2009), and Public Sector Reforms in Africa (2010).

He has led and participated in many initiatives including the Nigerian Education Sector Strategy and the National Public Service Reform Strategies Development. He is a member of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Nigeria Institute of Management Consultants, Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), and guest lecturer at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Centre for Management Development & Pan-African University in Lagos, amongst many others.


Growing up in Chicago, DAYO OLOPADE read enough books to eventually win a prize for collecting them in college. She graduated from Yale with degrees in Literature and African Studies, then began her writing career in Washington. She covered politics at The New Republic, The Slate Group, and The Daily Beast, and has also written reviews, feature articles and profiles for multiple outlets, including The Atlantic, The American Prospect, Democracy, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In 2010, she moved to Nairobi to report a book, as part of a fellowship with the New America Foundation. The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa was released in March 2014. Olopade is currently completing a JD/MBA at Yale University, as a Knight Law and Media Scholar.


MICHAEL OMOLEWA, currently emeritus professor of the History of Education at the University of Ibadan, emeritus professor of History and International Studies at Babcock University, Nigeria, and faculty member at the Jerusalem Institute for Multicultural Studies in Bethlehem, Israel, has served as dean of the Faculty of Education and head of the Department of Adult Education at the University of Ibadan, chairman of the Committee of Deans of Faculties of Education of Nigerian Universities, ambassador/permanent delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO and president of the 32nd session of the general conference of UNESCO.

He has been awarded the Nigerian national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, is a member of the governing council of the International African Institute in the UK and vice-chairman of the governing council of Christ the Redeemer College in the UK.


KOLE OMOTOSO, a Nigerian writer is known for his intellectual dedication and commitment to fusing a socio-political reappraisal of Africa and respect for human dignity into most of his works. Omotoso was educated at King’s College, Lagos and the University of Ibadan and then undertook a doctoral thesis on the modern Arabic writer Ahmad Ba Kathir at the University of Edinburgh. He returned to Ibadan to lecture in Arabic studies (1972-1976), then moved to the University of Ife to work in drama (1976-88). He became a writer for different magazines (including ‘West Africa’) in the 1970s.

His major themes include interracial marriage, comic aspects of the Biafran-Nigerian conflict, and the human condition. Omotoso became a professor of English at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa (1991-2000). From 2001 to 2003 he was a professor in the Drama Department at Stellenbosch University. Omotoso is married with three children.


YEWANDE OMOTOSO was born in Barbados and grew up in Nigeria with her Nigerian father, West Indian mother and two older brothers. She and her family moved to South Africa in 1992 and have lived there ever since. She is an architect, with space and buildings being her passion, second only to words and literature.

After completing a Master’s degree in creative writing, her debut novel, Bom Boy, was published in 2011. It won the 2012 South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author, was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa and the M-Net Literary Awards 2012. It was also one of the three books shortlisted for the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature. She currently lives in Cape Town working as a designer, freelance writer and novelist.


EGHOSA OSAGHAE is a professor of Comparative Politics and vice-chancellor of Igbinedion University. Prior to this, he was the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan, and chair of the university's Senate Curriculum Committee. He has won multiple awards including the ‘Best Paper Award’ in 1996, the ‘Best Article Award for 2004’ and the Lawrence Dunbar Reddick Memorial Scholarship Award for the best article on Africa published in the Journal of Third World Studies.

He has published extensively on ethnicity, federalism, governance and state politics in books and journals. Amongst his books are Federal Character and Federalism in Nigeria (1989), Between State and Civil Society in Africa (1994), Structural Adjustment and Ethnicity in Nigeria (1995), Crippled Giant: Nigeria Since Independence (1998), The Nigerian Civil War and its Aftermath (2002) and Researching Conflict in Africa: Insights and Experiences (2005) and the 2017 Van Zyl Slabbert Chair of Politics at the University of Cape Town.


FEMI OSOFISAN is a playwright, director, actor, poet, fiction writer, critic, translator, newspaper columnist and administrator. Also known as Okinba Launko (his pen name), Osofisan is a multi-talented creative artist and scholar known for his remarkable versatility and richness. He was educated at the Government College, Ibadan, from where he proceeded to the University of Ibadan. He began his teaching career at the same university, rising to full professorship first at the University of Benin in 1983, and then, two years later, at the University of Ibadan. Osofisan has taken on a number of national assignments. He was artistic consultant to the drama team at FESTAC 77, as well as to MAMSER in 1996, and director of drama at COJA, the 8th All-African Games held in Abuja in 2003. He also served, until August 2004, as the general manager and chief executive of the National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos.


NIYI OSUNDARE was educated at the universities of Ibadan, Leeds, and York (Toronto). Osundare is the author of over twelve volumes of poetry, four plays and numerous essays and articles on African literature and culture. A believer in poetry as performance, his poetry has been performed in different parts of the world, and his poems have been translated into French, Czech, Slovene, German, Italian and Korean. Osundare has won many national and international prizes including the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Poetry Prize, the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry prize, and the Noma Award, Africa's most prestigious book award.

In 1998, he was the recipient of the Folon/Nichols Award for excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to human rights in Africa. For the past three decades, Osundare has been a provocative contributor to public discourse on culture, politics and the economy. Professor and former head of the department of English (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), Niyi Osundare is currently a professor of English (University of New Orleans, USA).


AKINJIDE OSUNTOKUN, (OON), Emeritus Professor of History and International Relations at the University of Lagos and currently at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Ibadan and University of London for his undergraduate degree and had a stint in the Historiches Seminar at the University of Hamburg and at the Ecolepractique des hautes etudes at the Sorbonne as part of his preparation for his Ph.D. He has taught at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, the University of the West Indies, the Universities of Lagos, Ibadan and Maiduguri.

He was Special Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria from 1988 to 1991, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Nigeria to Germany from 1991 to 1995, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations from 2000 to 2014 and Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the governing council of Ekiti State University from 2010 to 2013. He is the author of several articles and books on politics, history and international relations and an ordained deacon in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.


MICHAEL PEEL was the legal correspondent for the Financial Times (2006-2010), having previously been its West Africa correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria. Educated at Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied Chemistry, Peel joined the Financial Times in 1996. He has contributed articles on Africa to the London Review of Books and Prospect Magazine. He has also written for Granta, New Republic and New Statesman. Peel’s first book, A Swamp Full of Dollars (2009) was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award 2009. He has been Bangkok-based regional multimedia correspondent, Financial Times, since August 2013, covering Southeast Asian countries.


OGOCHUKWU PROMISE is a fiction writer, playwright, poet and essayist. She is the founder and coordinator of The Lumina Foundation which instituted the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, known as the African Prize. An author of over twenty books, she has received seven Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) awards for her fiction and poetry.

In addition to writing, she expresses herself through abstract painting.  She is an Azikiwe Fellow, a fellow of Stiftung Kulturfunds and the Iowa International Writing Program. She holds a PhD in Communication and Language Arts and is currently working towards a certificate programme in corporate social responsibility at The University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.


REMI RAJI-OYELADE is a Nigerian poet, popularly known by his pen name, Remi Raji. He is a writer to a number of institutions, among them Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the Universities of California at Riverside and Irvine, University of Cape Town, and Cambridge University. Raji has also had scholarly essays published in journals including Research in African Literatures and African Literature Today. In 2005, he served as the guest writer to the city of Stockholm, Sweden. Raji’s volumes of poetry include Webs of Remembrance (2001), Shuttlesongs America: A Poetic Guided Tour (2003), Lovesong for My Wasteland (2005), Gather My Blood Rivers of Song (2009) and Sea of My Mind (2013).

These have been translated into French, German, Catalan, Swedish, Ukrainian, Latvian, Croatian and Hungarian. Raji has held various titles including the Professor of English and African Literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Ibadan, publicity secretary of the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors in 1989 and the head of the Department of English in 2011. Raji served as the Year 2000 editor of the ANA REVIEW, the official journal of the association, and in 2011, was elected as the eleventh president of ANA.


KEITH RICHARDS was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. With over 26 years of experience in African and Nigerian business, he has, at different times since 1988, been managing director and executive corporate board member in top ranking companies including Diageo Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, and John Holt Plc. amongst others. He was a weekly columnist for BusinessDay, a business and financial newspaper in Nigeria until 2007, as well as a member of the newspaper’s editorial advisory board.

His other titles include vice-chairman of the West African Business Association; vice-president of the Alcohol Food Beverages Tobacco Association; and member of the Nigerian Employer Consultative Association. In recognition of his proficiency and hard work, especially his involvement in major ground breaking cultural change/community programmes, Keith Richards was voted the 7th most respected Nigerian CEO in 2005. He retired as the managing director of Promasidor Nigeria Ltd., a food and beverage company in Nigeria in 2014. A recipient of a couple of Nigerian traditional chieftaincy titles, Keith Richards lives in Lagos and is currently working on his memoirs.


WOLE SOYINKA was born on 13 July, 1934 in Abeokuta, Western Nigeria. His father was headmaster of an Anglican primary school, and his mother, whom he nicknamed 'Wild Christian', was a shop owner and trader. He studied at the University of Ibadan from 1952-1954 and then in Leeds University where he read English Literature.

In 1960, he returned to Nigeria to research West African drama. Back home, he wrote and directed dramatic sketches critical of the government. Four years later, Soyinka ran foul of the government; after being accused of holding up a radio station to prevent the broadcasting of false election results, he was arrested. In 1967, at the beginning of the Nigerian Civil War, he was accused of helping rebels in the breakaway republic of Biafra buy jet fighters. Soyinka was arrested but never formally charged and spent most of the next twenty-seven months in solitary confinement.

Author of over thirty titles in all genres, Soyinka has been a consistently courageous voice for human rights worldwide, and a force in national politics. In 1986, he became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Soyinka lectures extensively in universities in Europe and the USA, and divides his time between Nigeria and California.


OLUFEMI TAIWO was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria.  He attended Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and the University of Toronto, Canada. He taught at the Obafemi Awolowo University until 1990. He is the director of the Global African Studies Program and professor of Philosophy and Global African Studies at Seattle University, Seattle, United States. He was the author of Legal Naturalism: A Marxist Theory of Law (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996) and How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010).


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