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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11/24/2015 22:17:10Arms and the Man (Who Advised President Jonathan on National Security) / 0
11/03/2015 19:20:23Dear President Buhari, You Do Not Have to Appoint Ministers Without Portfolios! / 0
10/18/2015 21:11:31Will the Senate Fall for Wike's Propaganda War against Amaechi? / 0
10/06/2015 17:59:57When Will this Independence Finish? / 0
09/22/2015 20:47:11Were I Senate President Saraki, I Would Resign Today  / 0
09/11/2015 22:28:26A Silver Jubilee Dream of Delta State  / 0
08/18/2015 21:35:41Sagay's Call to Confession of the Sinfully Corrupt / 0
08/04/2015 16:18:52Arms and the Nigerian Army / 0
07/21/2015 20:49:52Broke States, Broken Federation: Will Buhari Restructure Nigeria? / 0
07/07/2015 23:51:54Waiting for Buhari's Cabinet and Change / 0
06/23/2015 22:12:59Ọnwubiko! Mourning Cry at Emman Ezeazu’s Untimely Death / 0
06/02/2015 16:49:16“We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism”: Reflections on a Theme in President Buhari’s Inaugural Speech / 0
05/20/2015 13:59:28Lagos Goes Pro Unitate to Elect Ambode Governor of Nigeria / 0
05/06/2015 12:16:52So Now What Becomes of the Niger Delta? / 0
04/22/2015 01:38:38Where Cancer Feasts: Lamentation for Oronto Natei Douglas / 0
03/24/2015 21:49:35For a Second War Against Indiscipline--After Voting for Change on the 28th / 0
03/11/2015 02:00:35Fayose's Recklessness is Fast Approaching that of a Suicide Bomber! / 0
02/25/2015 09:17:56Public Warning: AIG Mbu is Armed and Dangerous! / 0
02/10/2015 21:14:00A FeBuhari Wind of Change in March / 0
01/27/2015 21:32:53How Col. Dasuki Confirmed Nigeria as the Never-Ready Country (and Why the Elections Must Not Be Postponed) / 0
01/13/2015 21:50:05Buhari: Beyond Tribal, Religious and Ideological Fallacies / 0
12/31/2014 03:03:08Okowa’s Running Mate and the Self-inflicted Humiliation of the Isokos / 0
12/17/2014 11:40:02The Dilemma of a Radical Progressive in Nigerian Politics / 0
11/25/2014 22:11:40President Jonathan's "I don't give a damn!" as a Standing Order of Impunity / 0
11/12/2014 07:01:50“Have you write your name?” or the Death of English in Nigeria / 0
10/29/2014 21:16:01A Governor and a Citizen Debate Democracy / 0
10/15/2014 19:42:02As Delta State Gets Set for the Charade of LGA Elections / 0
09/16/2014 19:54:37Jonathan's Non-Negotiator and the Moral Black Hole Threatening Our Government / 0
09/02/2014 20:21:02Jonathan's Hostage Negotiator Puts Him in a Tight Corner / 0
08/19/2014 23:06:10Elections as Military Operations / 0
08/09/2014 22:17:05For Bamidele Aturu, 1964-2014 (Who Raged Against the Darkness and the Dying of the Light)! / 0
07/23/2014 22:04:48Let Us End the Pretence and Declare Nigeria a Unitary State! / 0
07/16/2014 19:28:28Ogbeni Aregbesola, Òrànmíyàn’s Chief of Staff / 0
07/02/2014 12:52:29Ekiti Verdict 2014: The Apotheosis of Adedibu / 0
06/04/2014 11:08:05Derivation: How the North's Delegates Bullied their Southern Counterparts into Submission / 0
05/21/2014 01:06:26God's Anointed criminals / 0
05/07/2014 23:47:26Boko Haram’s Satanism: See Where the Politicisation of Religion Has Led Us! / 0
04/17/2014 22:08:00Okonjonomics or When a Finance Minister Turns Money-Doubler / 0
03/25/2014 23:35:49Praying for Nigeria: A Citizen's Secular Meditations / 0
03/11/2014 22:45:30Against Dialogue with Boko Haram / 0
02/26/2014 14:41:20The Unending Military Siege to Delta State / 0
02/12/2014 00:10:12What Do Nigeria's Public 'Servants' Think About When Going to Work in the Morning? / 0
02/05/2014 05:16:19Of Being Gay but Human and Loving Your Neighbour as Yourself: The Example of Nelson Mandela, Archbishops Desmond Tutu and Justin Welby / 1
01/28/2014 22:35:16Are Homosexuals Human Beings? / 0
01/14/2014 23:44:28Dear President Jonathan, Please End the Tragic Farce in Rivers State Now! / 0
01/01/2014 16:23:17Slouching into 2014, the Eve of Nigeria's Destruction! / 0
12/17/2013 20:03:39Becoming a Man and a Poet at the Nelson Mandela Secretariat / 1
12/03/2013 20:38:11God Told Me . . .  / 0
11/19/2013 20:20:28Who Killed Iyayi? Who Owns Nigeria's Roads? / 0
11/06/2013 01:23:15Bullet-proof Corruption / 0
Ogaga Ifowodo
Ogaga Ifowodo