Ogaga Ifowodo


Ogaga Ifowodo, poet and writer, teaches poetry and literature in English at Texas State University, San Marcos, USA. He holds the Master of Fine Art (MFA) in poetry and Ph.D from Cornell University, New York. He studied law at the University of Benin and worked for eight years as a rights activist with Nigeria’s premier non-governmental rights group, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO). Between 1997 and1998, he was held in preventive detention for six months under the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha. A memoir of his prison experience, excerpts from which have been featured in Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing (Heinemann), New Writing 14 (Granta), Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, and African Writing—http://www.african-writing.com/aug/ogaga.htm—is in progress.

Ifowodo has published three prize-winning books of poetry: Homeland and Other Poems, Madiba, and The Oil Lamp. His poems have been translated into German, Dutch and Romanian and have also been widely published in anthologies and magazines, including Voices from all Over: Poems with Notes and Activities (Oxford University Press, 2006), Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature (John Wiley, 2000), The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry International, English in Africa, The Massachusetts Review. His debut fiction piece appears in AGNI. He is a recipient of the PEN USA Barbara Goldsmith Freedom-to-Write Award and of the New Word Award of Poets of All Nations based in the Netherlands. An honourary member of the PEN Centres of the USA, Germany and Canada, Ifowodo is also a fellow of the Iowa Writing Programme.


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08/16/2016 14:02:05Freeing the Chibok Girls (While Boko Haram Faces a Leadership Crisis)  / 0
08/02/2016 13:16:38Exhuming Bola Ige / 0
07/12/2016 16:00:07Constitutional Immunity as Sanctification of Moral Turpitude in Governance / 0
06/28/2016 09:18:04Empire or Little England? Brexit Breaks the Myth of Globalisation / 0
06/28/2016 09:08:12Muhammad Ali: The Pugilist as Poet and Acknowledged Legislator of the World / 0
06/14/2016 18:20:02Muhammad Ali: The Pugilist as Poet and Acknowledged Legislator of the World / 0
05/24/2016 13:42:49Niger Delta Scavengers / 0
05/10/2016 13:27:23Libido over Learning: A Sexual Harassment Bill to the Rescue / 0
04/27/2016 01:11:30The Time for Genuine Electoral Reform is NOW! / 0
04/12/2016 16:29:48What Would it Take for a Politically Exposed Nigerian Politician to Resign? / 0
03/29/2016 12:28:20“The Horror! The Horror!” till the Rivers of Blood All Run Dry / 0
03/16/2016 02:09:07Saraki's Endless Saga of Proving His Innocence by Evading Trial / 0
03/01/2016 15:41:59An Apple a Day Keeps Our Dollars Away / 0
02/18/2016 13:12:18The Communist as Teacher: The Example of Biodun Jeyifo / 0
01/13/2016 06:59:06Rule of Law as the Refuge of Scoundrels / 0
12/29/2015 21:59:10Has Buhari Banished Budgets of Recurrent Corruption? / 0
12/29/2015 21:52:39And Now We are Paying to Pray to the God of Corruption! / 0
11/24/2015 16:17:10Arms and the Man (Who Advised President Jonathan on National Security) / 0
11/03/2015 13:20:23Dear President Buhari, You Do Not Have to Appoint Ministers Without Portfolios! / 0
10/18/2015 16:11:31Will the Senate Fall for Wike's Propaganda War against Amaechi? / 0
10/06/2015 12:59:57When Will this Independence Finish? / 0
09/22/2015 15:47:11Were I Senate President Saraki, I Would Resign Today  / 0
09/11/2015 17:28:26A Silver Jubilee Dream of Delta State  / 0
08/18/2015 16:35:41Sagay's Call to Confession of the Sinfully Corrupt / 0
08/04/2015 11:18:52Arms and the Nigerian Army / 0
07/21/2015 15:49:52Broke States, Broken Federation: Will Buhari Restructure Nigeria? / 0
07/07/2015 18:51:54Waiting for Buhari's Cabinet and Change / 0
06/23/2015 17:12:59Ọnwubiko! Mourning Cry at Emman Ezeazu’s Untimely Death / 0
06/02/2015 11:49:16“We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism”: Reflections on a Theme in President Buhari’s Inaugural Speech / 0
05/20/2015 08:59:28Lagos Goes Pro Unitate to Elect Ambode Governor of Nigeria / 0
05/06/2015 07:16:52So Now What Becomes of the Niger Delta? / 0
04/21/2015 20:38:38Where Cancer Feasts: Lamentation for Oronto Natei Douglas / 0
03/24/2015 16:49:35For a Second War Against Indiscipline--After Voting for Change on the 28th / 0
03/10/2015 21:00:35Fayose's Recklessness is Fast Approaching that of a Suicide Bomber! / 0
02/25/2015 03:17:56Public Warning: AIG Mbu is Armed and Dangerous! / 0
02/10/2015 15:14:00A FeBuhari Wind of Change in March / 0
01/27/2015 15:32:53How Col. Dasuki Confirmed Nigeria as the Never-Ready Country (and Why the Elections Must Not Be Postponed) / 0
01/13/2015 15:50:05Buhari: Beyond Tribal, Religious and Ideological Fallacies / 0
12/30/2014 21:03:08Okowa’s Running Mate and the Self-inflicted Humiliation of the Isokos / 0
12/17/2014 05:40:02The Dilemma of a Radical Progressive in Nigerian Politics / 0
11/25/2014 16:11:40President Jonathan's "I don't give a damn!" as a Standing Order of Impunity / 0
11/12/2014 01:01:50“Have you write your name?” or the Death of English in Nigeria / 0
10/29/2014 16:16:01A Governor and a Citizen Debate Democracy / 0
10/15/2014 14:42:02As Delta State Gets Set for the Charade of LGA Elections / 0
09/16/2014 14:54:37Jonathan's Non-Negotiator and the Moral Black Hole Threatening Our Government / 0
09/02/2014 15:21:02Jonathan's Hostage Negotiator Puts Him in a Tight Corner / 0
08/19/2014 18:06:10Elections as Military Operations / 0
08/09/2014 17:17:05For Bamidele Aturu, 1964-2014 (Who Raged Against the Darkness and the Dying of the Light)! / 0
07/23/2014 17:04:48Let Us End the Pretence and Declare Nigeria a Unitary State! / 0
07/16/2014 14:28:28Ogbeni Aregbesola, Òrànmíyàn’s Chief of Staff / 0
Ogaga Ifowodo
Ogaga Ifowodo