OTIONO, Nduka Anthony Benard

Date of Birth: Wednesday (Orie) 8'" April, 1964 State of Origin: Delta Local Government Area: Aniocha North Village/Town: Ogwashi Uku Contact Address: Dept of English, University of Ibadan Ibadan Oyo State Contact Telephone: 234-8033012574 Email Address: notionofa yahoo.com, notionofa hotmail.com Dr. Anthony Nduka Otiono is a poet, prolific writer, philosopher and a literary Icon. He has enthused the world of literary art and aesthetics with his philosophy and rhythm in life. He has in a quiet and sublime way restored hope to those who have read his poems. Education • Federal School of Arts and Science 1981 -1983 Universityof Ibadan B.A. ( Hons) English 2'"1 Class Upper Division • University of Ibadan MA 1988 1989. Ph D 2001 Job Experience • NYSC English Teacher. Etinan Institute Akwa Ibom 1987 1988 • Tutorial Assistant University of Ibadan 1988 1989 • Associate Lecturer, Department of English University of Ibadan August 2004-date Combined it as a Consulting Researcher The ChinuaAchebe Foundation. Inc Barde College . Annandale-on- Hudon. NewYork 12504 Nov 2004 date • Co-ordinating Editor Arts and Culture. The Post Express Lagos April 2000- May 2003 • Member, Editorial Board/Literary Editor, This Day Lagos, August 1999 April 2000 • Editor, Arts and Culture. The Post Express Lagos March 1996 1999 • Member. Editorial Board ThirdEye Newspaper, September February 1996 • Assistant Editor. The Sentinel Feb 1994 Dec 1994 • Ag. Editor. Classique Magazine Oct. 1993 Feb 1994 • Deputy Editor, ClassiqueMagazine April 1993- October 1993 • Assistant Editor. Classique Magazine Dec 1992- April 1993 • Senior Writer. Classique Magazine March 1991 Sept 1992 Staff Writer The Guardian ( On Sunday) Sept 1990 March 1991 Public Relations Olficer. Rayoch Electromedia Ltd Enugu 1983 1984 Publications • Private Interest and Public Good, A study of Heroism in Three Ben del Igbo Heroic Narratives 1987 • Nweke Momah, Portrait ofan OralArtist M.N. Dissertation Department of English University of Ibadan 1999 • Voices in the Rainbow( A collection of Poems) Lagos. Oracle Books Ltd 1995 • The Night Hide with a knife ( a collection of short stories) Ibadan New Horn Press 1997 • CriticalForum and We-inen: An Anthology ofme writingon Women Education, Nduka Otiono, and E.C Osondu. Ibadan: New Horn Pies and Critical Forum 1998 Contributions to Anthologies • Swan Song( for Sean Ajayi) • April Child Two poems in www.ana.ng.org. 2000 Poems in 25 NewNigerian Poets. Ed. Toyin Adewale . Berkerley: Reed Publishing Company. 1990 Wings of Rebellion in We-men: Anthology ofMen Writing on Women Ibadan: New Ilorn Pressand Critical Forum 1997 • Poems in Inkwells. Ed. Toyin Adewale & Maik Nwosu. An Anthologyof Contemporary Nigerian Writings published by ANA-Lagos Mace Associates • Poems in For Kenfor Nigeria Ed. E.C Osondu. Ibadan: Kraft Book Ltd 1996 • Poems in Ase. Calabar Journal ofPoetry. Ibadan: Kraft Book Ltd. 1996 Selected Essays in some Books Catherine Acholonu: The Female Writer as Goddess in TheSun Literary Series, Ed. Olu Obafemi 2005 • Generations in Conflict and New Nigerian Poetry New Age Literature and Ideas 2004 Narrations of Survival: A review of \\ diting for An Angel by Helon Ilabila Wasafiri 20"' Anniversary Publication. J.P. Clark-Bekederemo:A Decade of Poetry.A Review of J.P. Clark-Bekederemo's CollectedEssays Lagos. Longman Publishers 2002 In Glendora Review No. 5. Forthcoming. Homecoming ofthe Master Storyteller in ANA Review 2002 • Acritical Introduction in We-Men: An Anthologyof Men Writing on Women. Ibadan: New Horn Press and Critical Forum 2000 Colour Me Black: Orality and Feminism in Zainab Alkali The Stillborn. In Feminism and Black Women. Ed. Aduke Adebayo. Ibadan AMD Publishers. 1998 • Christopher Okigbo: The Judgement ofTime The Guardian Literary Series 1990 Membership of Academic Boards and Associations General Secretary. Association of Nigerian Authors Oct 2001 date Founding Member. Advisory Board for the$20,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature Member. National Committee for UNESCO'S Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project March 2004 date Member. Panel ofJudges for the British Council's Connecting Futures and Crossing Borders Project 2003 till date Chairman. Publicity Committee Nigerian International Book Fair 2003 date Grantee. British Council Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary Literature, Downing College Cambridge University July 3 II. 2003 Grantee Goethe Institute Lagos October 2003 Grantee Embassy of France in Nigeria July 2002 Grantee United Slates Department of State, International Visitors Programme, March April 2000 Theme :The Role ofTheatre in American Society' Member. International Society for Oral Literature in Africa ( ISOLA). Member. Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Member. Transition Committee PEN International Nigeria Chapter Publicity Secretary. Nigerian Poets League Member. Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) Member. Art Writers Organisation of Nigeria ( AWON) Awards, Prizes and Honours Special Commendation from the Presidency . Federal Republic of Nigeria for outstanding Contribution to ihe Development of Literature And the Arls July 2001 Special Commendation from Dr. Jane Bryce( Fellow ofthe School ofOriental and African Studies. London, and Professor at the University of West Indies) during a Seminar at ihe University of Manchester UK Member Panel of Judges. Liberty Merchant Bank Short Stories Competition 1997 1998 and has won prizes and honors from his creative works he has undertaken. Very Outstanding Contributor to the Arts Award( VOCA) for 1997 lo ihe Post Express Literary Supplement ( PELS) founded and edited by Otiono Nduka Literary Journal ofthe Year Award to PELS 1998 by the Association of Nigerian Authors. Special Commendation ANA/Cadbury Prize 1997 Voices in the Rainbow Appreciation Award. Second National Creative Exhibition 1997 First Spectrum /ANA Prize award to the Night Hides a Knife 1995 Honorary Mention. World ofPoetry Contest. California USA 1991 Prize for the Second Position in the Annual Christopher Okigbo Poetry Competition . University of Ibadan, 1987 Has been invited to selected sites of Lectures and Readings such as Geolhe Institute Lagos. Special Reading to mark Gunter Grass's Winning ofthe 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature. March 2000. University of Louisville Kentucky 2000 Universily ofArizona. April 2000 The Seattle Fringe Theatre Seattle USA April 2000 Palais d'Congress . Fez Morocco April 2000 Times Institute of Journalism Lagos. March 1999 Selected Conferences attended between 1989 - November 2004 CitiesAndthe CreativeArtist-a special Roundtable Conference with eleven visiiingGerman Parliamentarians and Select Nigerian Cultural Activist hosted by Goethe Institute. Lagos November 2004 British Council Lagos. Workshop on Performance Poetry with Benjamin Zephaniah. OBEe. Rejectee February 2004 Chambery France for the International Society of Oral Literature in Africa ( ISOLA) Conference sponsored by the French Embassy in Nigeria July 2002 Frankfurt International Book Fair- Sponsored by the German Cultural Centre. Goethe Institute LagosOct 2002 Culture Shock Project ( Cultural Fiesta Complement oflhe Commonwealth Games. Manchester UK 2002 Pan African Festival ofArts and Culture ( PANAFEST) Cape Coast Ghana. 2001 Press Forum at the Oval Theatre London, on stage adaptation ofthe Autobiography of Olaudah Equiano March 2001 Achebe at 70 Conference. Bard College Annadale-on-l ludson. New York November 2000 Interactive Artists Forum, Yale Drama School. Connecticut USA April 2000 The Humana Festival of New Plays. Louisville Kentucky USA March 2000 African Literature Association ALA Conference Morocco March 1999 The International Conferenceon AfricanOral Literature and Languages ICALEL. University of Calabar May 1997. The Ibadan Conference on African Literature 1989 and 1990 The Annual Association of Niuerian Authors Conferences 1991 - date. Dr. Anthony Nduka Otiono is a very practising Roman Catholic Christian and is committed to the Charity work ofthe Church. He is a member of St Vincent de Paul Society oflhe Church a society thai is committed to Charity. His hobbies include Reading. Writing. Ethnic Music. Travelling and Bird Watching and Table Tennis. He is disappointed by the non-directional movement oflhe Youthsand the Non-Purposeful Leadership in Igbo land. For this reason he is offering the following advice. To the Youths, he says, "re-examine some oflhe negativestereotypical image of Igbos in contemporary Nigeria, such retrogressive practiceas denying 'heir wives from professionalcareersandmammon worshipping andcast awaysuch humiliating behaviour ". To the Leaders "the Leadership should ilsopursuethe Igbo Agenda through a united vision and vigorousnetworking to secure a commoninleresi- Socio-political and socio-economic ".
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