Tue, 03/26/2013 - 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Atkins - Halton Room
Ojaide is Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. His specialties are African, Pan-African/black, Caribbean and non-Western & post-colonial literatures; folklore and oral literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora; and creative writing (poetry). His book, The Beauty I Have Seen, comprises three phases in a poetic journey, ranging from the poet as a public figure, a traveller and observer of humanity, to one grounded in the landscape and fate of his native land. Ojaide received the Cadbury Prize for Poetry from the Association of Nigerian Authors for the book.
Dr. Ojaide is a leading poet, and he has also written critical essays and novels. He has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and also the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Poetry Prize (1988 and 1994).