OKEKE, Prof. Ochefuna Christopher

Visual artist, Designer, illustrator, painter, sculptor; b: April 30, 1933; ht: Nimo; so: Anambra; married Eunice Nwakaego Okadigwe 1966, two sons, two daughters , EDUCATION: St Peter Claver's Roman Catholic Mission School, Kafanchan, 1940-47; Metropolitan College, Onitsha, 1948-49; Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu, 1950-53; Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, 1961. CAREER: Visual Aids Designer, St. Peter Claver College, College of Mary Immaculate Practising School Kafanchan, 1954-55; Organising asst, Jos Museum, Jos, 1956; founded culture Centre, Kafanchan (now Asele Institute), 1958; freelance artist, poet and playwright, from 1961; Publications Artist, Federal Ministry of Information, 1961; employee, Franz Meyer Company, Munich, Germany, 1962-63; dir. Mbari Art Centre Workshop, Enugu, 1964- 67; Drama Participant, Commonwealth Festival London, 1965; Asele Institute, 1967; Head, Visual Arts Section, Refugee Affairs Committee, Aba and Umuahia, 1967-70; ch: Cultural Section, Nigerian National UNESCO Commission, 1971-86; Acting. Head, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1970-71; Head, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1979-81; Visiting Scholar, University of Minnesota, 1981-82; Visiting Lecturer, Department of Creative Arts, University of Port Harcourt, 1986-87; illustrated Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart; Stage set designer, Wole Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel and other prominent Nigerian playwrights; Deputy dg. (Africa), International Biographical Centre,Cambridge, England;NNBoard member, OdinaniN Museum, Anambra State; African Studies Project University of Ibadan; mm: Arts Council, African Studies Association, International Bibliophile Association, Paris, Society of Nigerian Artists, Honour: First Prize, Outdoor Painting competition, Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, 1957; First Prize, Esso Calendar Competition for Nigeria's Independence; Illustrator of the Year, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, 1971; Certificate of Honour, 25th Anniversary, Society of Nigerian Artists, 1989. EXHIBITION: Life in Northern Nigeria, Jos and Kaduna, 1956; Exhibition of Mosaics and Stained Glass Windows, Franz Meyer Company, Munich, Germany, 1963; Drawings by Uche Okeke, Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1965; Uche Okeke Graphics, British council, Enugu, 1967; Art of Uche Okeke, Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1983. PUBLICATION: We can learn from Germany, Nigerian Outlook, Enugu, 1964; Nigerian Art is Dynamic, Morning Post, Lagos, 1964. poems: Young Commonwealth Poets: an Anthology of Verse, London, Heinemann, 1965; New Voices of the Commonwealth: An Anthology of Verse, London, Evans, 1968; Tales of hands of Death: Igbo Folk Tales, Zenith Books, Doubleday, 1971; Ekeama, Dance Drama, African Arts, Los Angeles, 1972. off: Asele
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