• Africa
  • Western Africa
  • Nigeria

Ogaga IFOWODO (born 1966, Oleh, Edo State) is project director of the Civil Liberties Organization in Lagos and a legal practitioner. His publications include Home Land and Other Poems (Kraft Books, Ibadan), Selected Poems (published as a bilingual German-English edition), and numerous articles, including the Annual Human Rights Report of the Civil Liberties Organization. He was educated at the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School. Mr. Ifowodo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Association of Nigerian Authors. He is taking part in the IWP through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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