OKPEWHO, Prof. Isidore (Late)

Born 9 November 1941





B.A, Ph.D; university teacher, administrator: DOB: November 9, 1941; State of Origin: Delta; Married: Mary Chidi. 1974; No of Children: two sons, two daughters; EDUCATION: St Patrick's College. Asaba. 1954-58; Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan, 1959-61; University of Ibadan. 1961-64; University of Denver. Colorado. USA. 1972-76; University of London: CAREER: Publisher, Longman Nigeria Limited. 1965- 72; Teaching fellow. University of Denver, USA. 1972-74; asst. prof. English. State University, Buffalo, New York. 1974-76; Lecturer. University of Ibadan, 1976; prof. English. University of Ibadan, 1983; currently, prof. African Studies, State University, New York. Binghamton, USA, since 1991; Harvard University; mm: Research Advisory Council for Harvard's Centre for the Study of World Religions; American Literature Association: American Folklore Society; Editorial Board of Oral Tradition and Research in African Literature; fellow Guggenheim Fellow, 2004; State University of New York. Binghamton, since 1991: ah: African Arts Prize for Literature, for Manuscript of Novel, Degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Lit), University of London; h: Distinguished Professor of Literature, by Board of Trustees, State University of New York, Binghamton. 2004; Publication: The Last Duty, 1972; The Victims, Longman, London, 1970; Tides, 1993; The Epic in Africa. Columbia University Press, New York, 1979: Myth in Africa. Cambridge University Press, 1983; The Heritage of African Poetry, Longman, London, 1985; The Oral Performance in Africa, Spectrum, Ibadan, 1988, African Oral Literature (Indiana, 1992), Once Upon a Kingdom (Indiana, 1998), The African Diaspora, Indiana. 1999; hob: jazz music, lawn tennis, off: Department of Africana Studies. University of Binghamton, New York, USA.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Obiageli Okpewho
State of Origin: Delta State
Father's Name David Okpewho,
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A

Ediru, Ugo, Afigo, and Onome,

Profession Academia
Working Experience Federal Ministry of Education, , Federal Ministry of External Affairs , Editor, Longman publishers, , Lecturer, University at Buffalo , lecturer The State University of New York , Lecturer University of Ibadan , Lecturer Harvard University , lecturer Binghamton University , President of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA)
St Patrick's College in Asaba,.. University College, Ibadan,. University of Denver (1976) .. University of London (2000)

fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1982, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1982, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1988, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in 1990, National Humanities Center in 1997, and 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship.

fellowships in the humanities from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1982), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1982), Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (1988), the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University (1990), National Humanities Center in North Carolina (1997), and the Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2003). He was also elected Folklore Fellow International by the Finnish Academy of the Sciences in Helsinki (1993)
1972: Winner of the African Arts Prize for Literature, for manuscript of The Last Duty
1993: Winner of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa), for Tides
1998: Dean’s Award for Honors Teaching Excellence, SUNY Binghamton
2010: Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in humanities


4 September 2016
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