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 Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye Table




Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye’s published articles on various literary, political and social topics, have enjoyed widespread critical acclaim in his country, Nigeria, and abroad. He has also written a number of poems and short fiction, though some of them have not been published.

Ejinkeonye was born in Umuaka, Imo State, Nigeria, and was educated at the Universities of Port Hartcourt, and Ilorin where he took degrees in English and Literature in English. At the University of Port Harcourt where he emerged the best graduating student of his class, he edited Uniport Mirror, a magazine published by the University.

Presently, Ejinkeonye is on the Editorial Board of Daily Independent (, a national newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria. He writes a well-read weekly column (scruples) on the back page of the paper every Wednesday. His articles have equally appeared on several internet media sites.

Interests: African, Caribbean, Afro-American Literature, Afro-centric Thought, and Criticism. Advocacy for Democracy and Good Governance

Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye writes a column for Independent every Wednesday

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With his novels, superb lectures and rich essays, Achebe was able to compel the world to alter their entrenched warped views about Africa. After a particularly brilliant and spectacular speaking engagement in Canberra, Australia, in the summer of 1973, Professor Manning Clark, a distinguished Australian historian wrote to Achebe and pleaded: "I hope you come back and speak again here, because we need to lose the blinkers of our past. So come and help the young to grow up without the prejudices of their forefathers..." I find this display of sincerity very touching. 

But the pain there is that while those on the other side of the big divide were showing sufficient remorse for their twisted perceptions of Africa, and letting their "blinkers" fall off, to enable them improve their long-blurred vision, our "big names down here, were, most unfortunately, falling over themselves to "prove" with every strength in them, that like our misguided African American brother, Booker T. Washington, in his book, Up From Slavery (which Ngugi said should have been called, "Back To Slavery"), they are scared of losing their chains. Achebe Another birthday in exile

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I will not condemn Diane Abbott. I would rather regard her as a true friend of the long suffering masses of Nigeria. The real enemies of Nigeria and Nigerians are those discrediting her unimpeachable testimony, which the regime in Abuja needs from time to time, to help it develop the right attitude to governance. Even if the Abuja regime insists on remaining totally destitute of pity and compassion for impoverished Nigerians, the continued exposure of the rot and underdevelopment it is religiously creating in Nigeria by such influential personalities like Diane Abbott, might achieve a change of heart in them. Indeed, it is clear from Abbott's article that the corruption she denounces in Nigeria is official corruption, the one perpetrated by leaders, hell-bent on milking Nigeria to death. She believes that based on what Nigeria is earning daily from oil, Nigerians should be living in a more decent and well-organized society. Diane Abbott A True Friend

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As I followed the sad story of Mr. Knuckles’ downfall, I began to ask myself whether he would have bothered to even address the issue, if he was from my own country. In a country like Liberia, described by one of its citizens, Rufus S. Berry 11, as having “a chronic, pervasive problem with sexual immorality”, I am amazed that a national outrage could attend the shameful misbehaviour of Mr. Knuckles, although, there were muffled noises here and there about “human rights” like the one contained in the unedifying article by Professor (Ms.) Francien Chenoweth Dorliae, in the March 3 article of The Perspective. A public officer need not be told that there is a minimum standard of conduct expected of him, and that he loses the right to behave anyhow once he is appointed into such an office.  Liberia The Willis Knuckles Saga

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Achebe Another Birthday in Exile 

Achebe's Female Characterisation

The African Writer Is an Orphan

After The Obasanjo Primaries  

Authors Targets Young Minds 

APRM: Will the Dragon Dance in Abuja? 

Baroness Lynda Chalker

Big Brother Africa: Debasing Self For A Fee

Chinua Achebe's There was a Country: Biafra

Diane Abbott : A True Friend Of Nigerians  

"Dictatorship of Relativism"

Dinner From A Lagos Dustbin

Enough Of This Obasanjo Family

Gen. Obasanjo An Extortioner?

Heart Of Africa Project: Another Drain Pipe?  

In Conversation with Placid Aguwa

Interview of Sam Kargbo 

Interview with I.N.C. Aniebo 

ISP Deceives . . . Says Charlie Hughes

Is Rev. King Also A Christian?

Liberia: The Willis Knuckles Saga

Mattie Stepanek: A Tribute

A Mother Like Stella Obasanjo  

Nigeria: How to Be a State Governor

Nigeria's Last Virgins!  

Nigeria: The High Cost Of Neglect 

Nigeria:This House Is Not For Sale!

Niyi Osundare At 60

Now, Will President Yar'Adua Be Kind

Obasanjo Probed

The Phrasing Of ISP Letters Is Misleading   

Poor poetry, rich deceit 

The Return of Newt Gingrich

The Return of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal

Stella Obasanjo 

Still A Cannibal In Our Midst

Where Then Shall We Run To?  

Yar' Adua May Happen Again In Nigeria

Yar' Adua Reigns, Obasanjo Rules

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I have taken time to examine the various tributes paid to late Stella Obasanjo by several characters that have over the years over-tasked the Nigerian public space with their uninspiring presence. The most prominent description of her, which was later seized upon by countless unimaginative mourners and plagiarized and recycled several times over to the point of almost turning it into a national slogan, was the one in which she was called “the mother of the nation.” It would be interesting to look out for the inventor of this ingenious phrase, who, most unfairly, stands the chance of being denied due dividend for his “intellectual property,” as his voice has been effectively drowned by more strident ones in the battle by desperate mourners to out-mourn each other. Indeed, many people may want to contest the propriety of describing Stella as the “mother of the nation.” Well, that one is their business. What no one would be able to deny her is the fact that she was a very good, caring mother – to her only son, Olumuyiwa Obasanjo. She loved the boy so much, and was hundred percent committed to his welfare, happiness and comfort. A Mother Like Stella Obasanjo

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Although I got the invitation to attend the special reading in Osundare’s honour on Saturday March 10, at The Jazzhole, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, I could not make it. The Association of Nigerians Authors (ANA) also met at the National Theatre that same evening for its monthly reading, which it dedicated to the great poet. There were other equally exciting gatherings of the tribe at other venues in Ibadan and Lagos and Ikere Ekiti, where the leading poet was, was most deservedly, wrapped with shinning encomiums and celebrated with enchanting chants.  

It is now widely accepted that Osundare is Africa’s finest poet. His way with words is distinct and rare. It is impossible to read Osundare’s poetry and not be awed by his great insights, and overwhelmed by the great talent he betrays, and the exceptionally overpowering way he deploys words to great effects. His ability to create very vivid and lasting imageries in the mind of the reader, the rhythms he realizes so effortlessly, and the deep, fresh meanings his poems yield each time one reads them, are what, in my view, makes his work stand out all the time. Niyi Osundare At 60

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Now, because, the girl and the preacher lay near the bush, shielded a bit by the body of the bus, the man whispered to her that this was their only chance to escape, as those men could kill all of them, once they re-emerged. They slowly, and noiselessly, crawled into the bush, and made good their escape. They never believed their guard would not see and gun them down. Yes, they never believed it. They just tried it nonetheless, and it worked. And suddenly discovering themselves safe and free, even though,  stark nude (who cared again?), they ran very far into the bush. Soon, they began hearing gunshots from the place they just had escaped from. They ran farther inside the bush. And about an hour later, convinced the men must have left the place, they traced their way back, still with fear and trepidation, hoping, at least, to retrieve their clothes. But when they got there, they saw nobody or vehicle or anything. Only blood splatter everywhere! Indeed, it was doomsday as the young men had promised!

Then, wearily and fearfully, they commenced the painful, arduous task of tracing their way to the direction they believed would lead them to the road. Fortunately, they met Fulani herdsmen in the bush who ran back on sighting them. But with the aid signs, the man was able to make them realize they  needed clothes. Where Then Shall We Run To

posted 8 March 2007

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Hottentot Venus: A Novel

By Barbara Chase-Riboud

Hottentot Venus is the story of Ssehura, a young Khoisan girl orphaned in 1700s South Africa. Ssehura is renamed Saartjie (which means “little Sarah” in Dutch) by a Dutch Afrikaner who becomes her master. As is Khoisan custom, Sarah is groomed to be more sexually desirable for marriage. Her buttocks are massaged with special ointments to make them swell and her genitalia are stretched to produce the legendary “Hottentot apron,” exaggerated folds of skin. Thus, Sarah is a physical curiosity and a sexual fetish to her white master. He is persuaded by an Englishman to send her to London where she becomes a sideshow sensation. The English gentry is fascinated by her exotic African ethnicity and sexually charged presence making her stuff of legend and myth. Sarah enters the world of circus freak shows and becomes a popular exhibit. 

The “Hottentot Venus,” as she has become known, is the rage of Europe. Yet, beyond the parade of curiosity seekers and perverts, the very real loneliness of this young woman comes through. CopperfieldReview

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America.

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits.

Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.Publishers Weekly

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

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Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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The Land Question in South Africa: The Challenge of Transformation and Redistribution

Edited by Lungisile Ntsebeza and Ruth Hall

The editors, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Ruth Hall, have brought together a useful and interesting collection of papers presented at a 2004 conference in Cape Town about the land question in South Africa, a central and still highly controversial problem, as the divergent views within this book demonstrate. Readers of this volume will get both a sampling of some of the main analytical approaches to the land question as well as a sense of the direction in which the different positions lead, especially concerning the impasse of large-scale land redistribution and transformation of the rural economy in South Africa. . . . The content and scope of the discussion in this book as a whole manages for the most part to get beyond the state-market continuum that tends to dominate much of the debate today.

The editors' cautionary note about the dangers of a technicist approach evident at the 2005 National Land Summit is well taken, and they, along with several authors, stress that the resolution of the land question is essentially a political process.H-Net Reviews

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Karma’s Footsteps

By Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Somebody has to tell the truth sometime, whatever that truth may be. In this, her début full collection, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie offers up a body of work that bears its scars proudly, firm in the knowledge that each is evidence of a wound survived. These are songs of life in all its violent difficulty and beauty; songs of fury, songs of love. 'Karma's Footsteps' brims with things that must be said and turns the volume up, loud, giving silence its last rites. "Ekere Tallie's new work 'Karma's Footsteps' is as fierce with fight songs as it is with love songs. Searing with truths from the modern day world she is unafraid of the twelve foot waves that such honesties always manifest. A poet who "refuses to tiptoe" she enters and exits the page sometimes with short concise imagery, sometimes in the arms of delicate memoir. Her words pull the forgotten among us back into the lightning of our eyes.—Nikky Finney /  Ekere Tallie Table

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