EKWENSI, Cyprian Odiatu Duaka




Odiatu Duaka
Ph.C, pharmacist, novelist, publicrelations consult ant, bom September26, 1921,Minna,Niger State; married, has children; Education: Government School, Jos, 1931-36, Govern ment College, Ibadan, 193641, Higher Col lege, Yaba, 1941-43, School of Forestry, Ibadan, 1942-45, Achimota College, Gold Coast (now Ghana), 1943, School of Phar macy, Yaba, 1947-49, Chelsea School of Pharmacy, University of London, 1951-56, International Writing Programme, School of Letters, University of Iowa, 1974; Career: Appointed Teacher, Igbobi College, Yaba, 1947-49; Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, La gos, 1949-51; Pharmacist Superintendent, Nigerian Medical Services, 1956-57; Head offeatures, Nigerian Broadcasting Corpora tion (now Federal Radio Corporation ofNi geria), Lagos, 1957-61; First Nigerian Di rector ofInformation, Federal Ministry of In formation, 1961-67; Director- General, de funct Broadcasting Corporation of Biafra, 1967-70; Chairman, former East Central Li brary Board, 1972-75; Managing Director, Star Printingand PublishingCompany(Pub lishers of the Star Group of Newspapers), 1975-79; Consultantto three privatelyowned Newspapersin Anambra and ImoStates(The Weekly Trumpet, The Daily News and The Weekly Eagle), 1980-81; appointed Commis sioner for Information, Anambra State, 1983; Inventor ofthe Word WAI (War Against In discipline); aimed at mobilizing Nigerians, 1984-85; Consultant on Information and Head of Research and Projects Unit, since 1984; member, Board ofGovernors, Federal Radio Corporation ofNigeria, since 1985; member, Committee of Assessors, Nigerian National Merit Award, 1986-88; Chairman, Anambra State Hospitals Management Board, 1986-88; Consultant, Life Magazine; Proprietor, East Niger Chemist and East Niger Trading Company; member, Associa tion ofNigerian Authors; Award: Winner of Dag Hammarskjold International award for Literary Merit, 1966; Publications: Ikolo The Wrestler, Nelson, London, 1947; The Leopard's Claw, Nelson, London, 1947; When Love Whispers, Tabansi Books, 1948; PeopleofThe City, Andrew Dakers, London, 1954; iujuRock, African University Press, Lagos, 1960; The Passport ofMallamllia, Cambridge University Press, London, 1960; The Drummer Boy, University Press, New York, 1960; An African Nights Entertain ment, African University Press, Lagos, 1960; Jagua Nana, Heinemann, London, 1954; BurningGrass, Heinemman, London, 1962; Yaba Roundabout Murder, Tortoise Series Books, Lagos, 1962; Trouble in FormSix, Cambridge University Press, London, 1962; BeautifulFeathers, Hutchinson, 1963; The GreatElephantBird Nelson, London, 1965; The Rain Maker and Other Stories, African University Press, Lagos, 1965; The Boa Suitor, Nelson, London, 1966; Lokotown and Other Stories, Heinemann, London, 1966; Iska Hutchinson, London, 1966; Coal Camp Boy, Longman, 1973; Samankwe In The Strange Forest, Longman, 1973; Samankwe and The Highway Robbers, Evans, 1975; Rainbow - TintedScarf and Other Stories, Evans, 1975; Survive The Peace, Heinemann, London, 1975; Mother less Baby, 1980; Divided We Stand, Fourth Dimension, Enugu, 1980; Jagua Nona's Daughter, Ibadan, Spectrum Books, and Safari Book, UK, 19S5;ForARollofParch ment, Heinemann, 1986; Restless City and Xmas Gold, Heinemann London; Behind The Convent Wall, Evans; Murder At Mile Two, Evans; Lagos Love Deal, Evans; Traditional Title: Osi-Baa Rohin of Ibadanland, 1991; Hobbies: writing, travelling; Official Ad dress: 141, Ojuelegba Road, PMB 3112, Surulere, Lagos State. Telephone: 01-832- 394; Or: 12,Hillvicw,POBox317, Enugu, Enugu State.
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Profession Pharmacist , Novelist , Public Relations Officer
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