Ake Festival 2016
15-19 November, 2016
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Ogaga Ifowodo is a lawyer, poet, columnist and rights activist. He has published four books of poetry: Homeland and Other Poems, Madiba, The Oil Lamp and A Good Mourning. His debut in fiction, “The Treasonable Parrot” from a short fiction work-in-progress, appeared in AGNI. Memoirs of his preventive detention under Nigeria’s erstwhile military dictatorship, excerpts from which have been featured in Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing (Heinemann), New Writing 14 (Granta) and African Writing, is also in progress. He is author of the scholarly study History, Trauma, and Healing in Postcolonial Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan). He holds an MFA and a Ph.D from Cornell and until 2014 taught writing at Texas State University. In proof of Shelley’s claim that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, Ifowodo failed to get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress for the House of Representatives during the 2015 general election!