Ernest N. Emenyonu, Ph.D.
1990 University of Bath, England
Certificate in Finance and Resource Management in Higher Education.
1972 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Ph.D. (African Literature)
1967 London University, England
Post-Graduate Certificate in Victorian Literature
1967 Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
MA (Teaching of English as a Foreign/Second Language)
1966 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
BA (Education) First Class Honors in English and History
ADMINISTRATIVE POSTS HELD
2002-2008 Chair, Department of Africana Studies, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, Michigan
2000-2002 Director, Africana Studies Program, St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North Carolina
1992-1996 Provost (President), Alvan Ikoku College of Education--Owerri, Nigeria
1988-1990 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vice President), University of Calabar--Nigeria
1987-1988 Head, Department of English and Literary Studies ,University of Calabar--Nigeria
1983-1984 Chairman Committee of Deans, University of Calabar--Nigeria
1980-1984 Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar--Nigeria
1980-1984 Head, Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar--Nigeria
1978-1980 Dean, School of Arts, Alvan Ikoku College of Education--Owerri, Nigeria
1975-1978 Head, Department of English Language and Literature, Alvan Ikoku College of Education-- Owerri, Nigeria
1972-1975 Associate Director of Black Studies Program, University of Colorado--Boulder, Colorado
AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2009 Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Letters
2009 International Travel Grant, University of Michigan –Flint(International
Conference of the International Society for Oral Literatures of Africa,
2008 International Travel Grant, University of Michigan – Flint (8th International Conference on
“Creativity, Dissidence and Women”, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia,U.S.A.).
2007 International Travel Grant, University of Michigan – Flint, (International Conference of Third
World Studies – AT WS-) Lima, Peru
2006 International Travel Grant, University of Michigan – Flint, (International Conference of African
Literature Association, Conference) Ghana, West Africa
2005 International Travel Grant, University of Michigan-Flint (Univ.of Calabar Afri.Lit.Conference)
2005 International Travel Grant, University of Michigan-Flint (Hawaii international Conference on
Arts and Humanities)
2004 International Travel Grant, University of Mainz, Germany (8th Janheinz Jahn Symposium of
African Literature), Mainz, Germany
2003 International Travel Grant, World Bank, Washington D.C.(Workshop, Abuja, Nigeria)
2003 International Travel Grant, U.S.I.S, Nigeria (Univ. of Calabar, African Lit. Conference)
2002 (Summer) Research Grant, West African Research Association, Boston/Dakar, Senegal.
2002 (Fall) Research Initiatives Grant, University of Michigan-Flint
1990 British Council Summer Fellowship, University of Bath--England
1974 Awarded Tenure. University of Colorado-- Boulder, Colorado
1973 Distinguished Teaching Award, Black Studies Program, University of Colorado--Boulder, Colorado
1973 Travel Grant to Ethiopia: International Congress of Africanists
American Council of Learned Societies
1970-1972 Woodrow Wilson Internship Fellow, Virginia State College--Petersburg, Virginia
1970 Ford Foundation Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Wisconsin
1968-1970 Kent Fellow (Danforth Foundation), University of Wisconsin--Madison, Wisconsin
1967 Extra-Mural Studies Scholarship, London University--England
1966-1967 Afro-Anglo-American Fellow (Carnegie Foundation), Teachers College Columbia University--New York
1963-1966 Nigerian Federal State Scholar, University of Nigeria--Nsukka, Nigeria
HONORS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS
2009 Inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters
2009 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA): Award for Outstanding Contributions to
2007 Association of Nigerian Authors (Imo State Branch): Award for Outstanding
Contributions to African Literature
2006 University of Michigan-Flint Award for Outstanding Contribution to General
2005 “University of Calabar, Nigeria Award” for Excellence in Contributions to African Literature.
2004 “Mbieri Nwaotuoke , U.S.A. Award” for Excellence in Civic Engagement and Development in Mbieri, Imo State, Nigeria.
2001 Listed in Contemporary Authors, Gale Group Publishers, Detroit Michigan
2001 “Silver Jubilee Award”, Imo State Government, Nigeria, Distinguished contributions to the
1998 Listed in MARQUIS Who’s Who in the East 27th Edition (A companion volume to Who’s Who in America)
--New Providence ,New Jersey
1995 Elected Member, Nigerian Academy of Education
1995 Elected President, Assoc. for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS)
1986-1995 Chairman, Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, West African Region (WAACLALS)
1990 Listed in Who’s Who in Nigeria, Newswatch Publications--Lagos, Nigeria
1990 Listed in Five Thousand Personalities of the World, 2nd Edition, The American Biographical Institute, Inc.,-- Raleigh, North Carolina
1989 Judge for the African Region and Member of the International Panel for Dillons Commonwealth Poetry Competition--London, England
1989 Conferred with a Chieftaincy Title (UGWUMBA I of Mbieri ) by the Paramount Ruler of Mbieri, Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria, Eze S.U. Achuko, Eze Ozuzuoha II of Mbieri
1989 Judge, The Noma Award, London, for Publishing in Africa
1988 President, Professors World Peace Academy of Nigeria
1988 Knighted by the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Nigeria (Knight of St. Christopher)
1987 Annual Merit Award for Contributions to Scholarship by Octagon Membership Club, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
1985 Delivered the Eighth Edmund and Mary Freeman Memorial Lecture, University of Montana, Missoula Topic: “Ethnicity and Cultural Pluralism in Nigeria”.
1982-1984 President, Literary Society of Nigeria
1982 Listed in The Marquis Who’s Who in the World 6th Edition, Chicago, Illinois
1982 Listed in International Who’s Who of Intellectuals 5th Edition, London, England
1982 Fellow, African Institute for the Study of Human Values (Ghana)
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: USA
2002 - Present Professor of Africana Studies, Department of Africana Studies, University of
Michigan - Flint
2000 -2002 Professor of English/Director, Africana Studies, St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North
1998-1999 Professor of English, Southern Connecticut State University--New Haven, Connecticut
1997-1998 Visiting Professor of English, African Literature, and African-American Literature, Brandeis University--Waltham, Massachusetts
Spring 1997 Visiting Professor, African and African-American Literatures, Kalamazoo College--Kalamazoo, MI.
1984-1985 Exchange Professor of English, University of Montana--Missoula, Montana
1972-1975 Associate Professor of Black Studies/ English, University of Colorado--Boulder, (Tenure 1974)
1971-1972 Visiting Associate Professor of English, College of William and Mary--Williamsburg, Virginia
1970-1972 Associate Professor of English, Virginia State College--Petersburg, Virginia
1967-1968 Instructor, Department of English, Knoxville College--Knoxville , Tennessee
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: NIGERIA
2008 – 2009 Imo State University, Owerri (On Sabbatical Leave from University of Michigan – Flint)
1980-1992 Professor of English, University of Calabar--Nigeria
1978-1980 Reader (Associate Professor) in English, Alvan Ikoku College of Education--Owerri, Nigeria
1978-1980 Visiting Reader (Associate Professor) in English Methods, Post Graduate Program, Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Nigeria
1975-1978 Principal Lecturer, Alvan Ikoku College of Education--Owerri, Nigeria
1966 Assistant Lecturer, (English Methods) Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria--Nsukka
2011 Uzoechi: A Story of African Childhood. New York: African Heritage Press.( in print—forthcoming).
2010 African Literature Today, No. 28: Film in African Literature. Suffolk, UK: Boydell &
Brewer/Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers
2010 Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi.(with Maureen N. Eke) New Jersey: Africa World Press
2009 African Literature Today, No. 27: New Novels in African Literature. Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer/Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers.
2008 African Literature Today, No. 26—War in African Literature. Oxford: James Curry/Ibadan,
Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers
2006 African Literature Today, No. 25: New Directions in African Literature
(Nigerian Edition) Heinemann Educational Books, Ibadan, Nigeria
2005 African Literature Today, 25, New Directions in African Literature. Oxford:
James Currey/New Jersey: Africa World Press
2004 African Literature Today, 24, New Women’s Writing in African Literature.
Currey /New Jersey: Africa World Press
2004 Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe Vol.1 Critical Perspectives on Chinua
Achebe’s Fiction. New Jersey: Africa World Press.
2004 Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe. Vol.2 Chinua Achebe and the Theory of
African Literature. (with Iniobong I.Uko) New Jersey: Africa World Press.
2003 A Good Shepherd : A Biography of the Most Rev. Benjamin C. Nwankiti. San Francisco:
African Heritage Press.
2000 Goatskin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature. New Jersey, Africa
1999 Tales of Our Motherland. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
1999 Uzo and His Father (Children’s Story), Heinemann Educational Books, Ibadan, Nigeria.
1994 Ideas and Challenges in Nigerian Education Enugu, Nigeria: New Generation Books.
1994 Current Trends in Literature and Language Studies in West Africa (with Charles Nnolim)
Ibadan, Nigeria: Kraft Books.
1992 West African Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Lecture
Series 1 .Enugu, Nigeria: New Generation Books.
1991 Studies on the Nigerian Novel Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
1990 Literature and Black Aesthetics. Calabar Studies in African Literature. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
1988 Literature Comes of Age. (with C.D. Narasimhaiah). Dhvanyaloka, Mysore 570006, India.
1987 The Essential Ekwensi. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
1987 Critical Theory and African Literature. Calabar Studies in African Literature. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
1987 Black Culture and Black Consciousness in Literature. Calabar Studies in African Literature .Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
1986 Literature and Society: Selected Essays on African Literature. Oguta, Nigeria: Zims African Publishers.
1985. African Literature for Schools and Colleges (with B.E.C.Oguzie). Ibadan, Nigeria: University Press Ltd.
1978 The Rise of the Igbo Novel. Oxford University Press.
1974 Cyprian Ekwensi. London: Evans Publishers Ltd.
BOOKS FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS
2011 Primary English Today, New Edition, Books 1-6 with Workbooks and Teachers’ Guide. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books.
2006 Primary English Today, Books 1 - 6, Revised
. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books
1979 Macmillan Junior Secondary English Books 1-3 (co-author),Macmillan Publishers, London.
1976 Primary English Today Books 1-6. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books. First published as Imo Reader. (Chairman of Writing Panel).
2011 Uzoechi: A Story of African Childhood. New York: African Heritage Press.
1999 Tales of Our Motherland. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers.
1999 Uzo and His Father. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers.
1998 “The People’s Chief” (short story) World View: A Quarterly Magazine of the National Peace Corps Association, Washington D.C. Vol. 11 No 2, Feb –April 1998
1992 Uzo Remembers His Father. (Children’s book).Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers.
1991 The Adventures of Ebeleako. (Children’s book).Lagos, Nigeria: Kraft Books.
1989 Bedtime Stories for African Children. (Children’s book). Enugu, Nigeria: Harris Publishers. Reprinted by New Generation Publhers(Enugu),1992.
1974 “Elder Zechariah” (Short Story) in Charles Larson (Ed.), Modern African Stories. New York: Collier Books/ London: Fontana Publishers.
1970 “Pole, Afrika, Pole” (Poem), Bashiru, Journal of the Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Spring, 1970
ARTICLES IN LEARNED JOURNALS
2011 “Nigerian Pamphlet Literature Revisited: Prurient Fantasy or Failed Nigerian Erotica?” in Toyin Falola and S.U. Fwatshak (Eds.)Beyond Tradition: African Women in Cultural and Political Spaces. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
2010 Editorial Article: The Interface Between Film & Literature in contemporary African Writing and Imagination, African Literature Today, No. 28: Film in African Literature. Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer/ Nigeria : Heinemann Publishers.
2009 Editorial Article: “The African Novel in the 21st Century: Sustaining the gains of 20th
Century”, African Literature Today, No. 27: New Novels in African Literature. Suffolk:
Boydell and Brewer/Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers
2008 Editorial Article:”War in African Literature: Literary Harvests, Human Tragedies”, African
Literature Today, No. 26: War in African Literature. Oxford: James Currey/Nigeria:
2006 Editorial Article: “Building on the Legacies of the 20th Century”, African Literature Today,
No. 25: New Directions in African Literature. Oxford: James Currey/New Jersey: Africa
World Press/Nigeria: Heinemann Publishers.
2004 Editorial Article: “New Women’s Writing: A Phenomenal Rise”, African Literature Today,
No. 24 : New Women’s Writing in African Literature. Oxford: James Currey/ Africa World
2002 “Selection and Validation of Oral Materials for Children’s Literature: Artistic Resources in
Chinua Achebe’s Fiction for Children” in Callaloo Vol.25, No.2 (584-596).
1998 “Ahead of Fools and Beneath the Angels: Lessons from Chinua Achebe’s Biography”, The Literary Griot Special issue, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, Vol. 10, No. 2, Fall, 1998
1998 “(Re) inventing the Past for the Present: Symbolism in Chinua Achebe’s How the Leopard Got His Claws, in Meena Khorana (Ed.) Bookbird World of Children’s Books, Vol. 36 No 1.
1997-1998 “Amos Tutuola: In Memoriam” in Worldview, Washington D.C., Nov ’97- Jan. ’98
1997 “Perceptions of African Reality Through African Short Stories”, The World and I, Washington D.C., November 1997
1989 “Nigerian Literature since Independence” in Nigeria: Handbook and Review 1998/1989, Patike Communications Ltd., Lagos, Nigeria, 1989
1989 “Problems and Prospects of Developing Reading Materials for Primary Schools in Nigeria: The Experience of Imo Reader Project, 1976-1986”, in Omojuwa Ralph et al (Eds.), Literacy and Reading in Nigeria Vol. 4, 1989, Ahmadu Bello University Press, Zaria. Reprinted in Adebisi Afolayan, Journal of English as a Second Language No 2, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, 1989
1988 “Technique and Language in Buchi Emecheta’s Novels”, in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Hans Zell Publishers, Oxford, Vol. XXIII, No 1, 1988
1987 “Leadership, Nation Building and Universities in Africa”, in Franklin Vivekanada (Ed.),Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, Vol. IV. Nos. 2 and 3, Scandinavia, June/Sept. 1987
1986 Introduction to Daniel Britz’s “Annual Bibliography of Commonwealth Literature: Western Africa”, in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Vol. XXI No 2, Hans Zell, Oxford, 1986
1986 “Buchi Emecheta’s Voice: Language Usage in The Bride Price and The Joys of Motherhood in Unoh Solomon (Ed.) Use of English in Communication, Spectrum Books Ltd., Ibadan, Nigeria, 1986
1983 “Strategies for Reading Literary Works: A Focus on the African Novel”, in Crow Susannah K.M., Omojuwa Ralph A., and Unoh Solomon O., (Eds.) Literacy and Reading in Nigeria, Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, 1983
1982 “Chinua Achebe:Things Fall Apart” in Emmanuel Obiechina (Ed.), Okike, Educational Supplement, Nsukka, Nigeria No 3, 1982
1975 “African Literature Revisited: a Search for African Critical Standards”, Review of Comparative Literature, Special issue, Paris, France, Spring 1975
1975 “Igbo Literary Backgrounds”, The Conch, Special Nigeria Issue, State University of New York, New Paltz, New York, 1975
1975 “Who Does Flora Nwapa Write For?” African Literature Today .No 7,Heinemann, London.
1973 “African Cultural Taboos: A Case Study of the ‘Osu’ System among the Igbo of Nigeria”, UMOJA, SouthWestern Afro-American Journal Vol. I No 2, New Mexico, 1973
1973 “Early Fiction in Igbo”, Research in African Literatures, Austin, Texas Vol. 41, 1973 (Published also in Critical Perspectives on Nigerian Literatures. Three Continents Press, Washington D.C., USA, Bernth Lindfors (Ed.) 1976)
1973 “Post-War Writing in Nigeria”, Studies in Black Literature, Vol. 4 No 1 Frederickburg, Virginia, 1973. Reprinted in Ufahamu, University of California, Vol. IV No. 1, Spring 1973 and also in ISSUE: A Quarterly Journal of Africanists’ Opinion Vol. III No. 2, Summer 1973
1972 “Chinua Achebe: The Writer and his World” (with Patricia T. Emenyonu), Africa Report, New York, May, 1972
1971 “Ezulu: The Night Mask Caught Abroad by Daylight”, Pan African Journal, New York, May, 1971
1971 “African Literature: What Does it Take to be its Critic?” African Literature Today No. 5, Heinemann, London, 1971
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
2011 “Okekwe, Promise Ogochukwu”, in Dictionary of African Biography, Henry Loius Gates and Emmanuel Akyeampong (Eds.), Oxford University Press.
2009 “Iconoclasm or Radical Realism? Socio-political Portraits in the Fiction of Nawal El Saadawi
and Zaynab Alkali” in Emenyonu, Ernest and Eke, Maureen (Eds.). Emerging Perspectives
on Nawal El Saadawi. New Jersey: Africa World Press
2008 “The dynamics of Creativity and Reception: the Igbo – Language novel from Pita Nwana to
Toni Ubesie” in Oed Anja & Reuster – Jahn Uta(Eds). Beyond the Language Issue: The
Production, Meidation and Reception of Creative Writing in African Languages. Koln,
Germany: Rudiger KoppeVerlag.
2006 “Gone Too Soon!: Thoughts at Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s Graveside on 23 December, 2005” in
Christine Matzke, Aderemi Raji-Oyelade and Geoffrey V. Davis, Of Minstrelsy and Masks:
The Legacy of Ezenwa-Ohaeto in Nigerian Writing Rodopi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands..
2003 “Cyprian Ekwensi’s People of the City in 11 Romaanzo , A cura di Franco Moretti,
Volume quaro,Torino, Italy. (537-541).
2003 “Igbo Literature”in Simon Gikandi,Encyclopedia of African Literature.London: Routledge
(Igbo Literature, 234-236; Pita Nwana, 234-235; ‘Nolue Emenanjo,75; J.U.T.Nzeako, 400;
Ude Odilora, 402-403; Frederick Chidozie Ogbalu, 404; Julie Onwuchekwa,414; Louis
Nnamdi Oraka, 415-416; Bertram I.N. Osuagwu, 423; Sam Uzochukwu, 542; Tony
Uchenna Ubesie, 541-542).
2002 “Chinua Achebe and the Problematics of Writing in Indigenous Nigerian Languages:
Towards the Resolution of the Igbo Language Predicament” in Toyin Falola and Barbara
Harlow, African Writers and Their Reader :Essays in Honor of Bernth Lindfors Vol. 2.
New Jersey: Africa World Press.
2000 “Isidore Okpewho’s The Last Duty”, in Moss and Valestuk (Eds.), World Literature and Its Times, Vol. 2, Gale Group, Detroit, 2000, pp. 237-245
2000 “Flora Nwapa’s Efuru in World Literature and Its Times, 2000, pp. 107-117
2000 “Flora Nwapa’s Final Legacy”, in James Etim et al, Black Women’s Writers Across Cultures, International Scholars Publications, New York, 2000, pp. 207-220
2000 “Nurturing the Cradle: Chinua Achebe’s Fiction for Children,” in Goatskin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature, Africa World Press, New Jersey, 1998 (Chapter 18)
2000 “Nationalism and the Creative Talent” in Goatskin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature, Africa World Press, New Jersey, 1998 (Chapter 28)
1999 1999 “Cyprian Ekwensi”, in Concise Dictionary of World Literary Biography: African, Caribbean, and Latin American Writers, Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc. Columbia, South Carolina
1998 “Flora Nwapa” in Paul E. Schellinger (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Novel, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, 1998
1998 “Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in Encyclopedia of the Novel, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, 1998
1998 “Cyprian Ekwensi”, in Encyclopedia of the Novel, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, 1998
1998 “Flora Nwapa’s Writings for Children: Visions of Innocence and Regeneration,” in Marie Umeh (Ed.) Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa Africa World Press, New Jersey, 1998, pp. 589-606
1998 “Portrait of Flora Nwapa as a Dramatist”, in Marie Umeh (Ed.), Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa.,
1998 “Flora Nwapa: A Pioneer African Female Voice is Silenced”, in Marie Umeh (Ed.), Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa, pp. 41-43
1998 “Tony Ubesie: A New and Exciting Nigerian Novelist” in Ubesie: The Man and the Artist, E. Nolue Emenanjo, (Ed) NINLAN Press, Aba, Nigeria (Chapter 3, pp. 33-46)
1995 “Literature in a Second Language: Use of English in Nigerian Fiction”, in Bamgbose et al (Eds.), New Englishes: A West African Perspective, Mosuro, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1995 (Chapter 18)
1995 “Visions of the Nigerian Writer on the Nigerian Civil War,” in The Writer as Historical Witness: Studies in Commonwealth Literature, Edwin Thumboo and Thiru Kandiah (Eds), Unipress, Singapore pp. 445-459
1994 “Opportunities for Africa”, E.N. Emenyonu and V.C. Uchendu, in The World of 2044: Technological Development and the Future of Society, Professors World Peace Academy, St. Paul Minnesota, 1994
1993 “Introduction to Cyprian Ekwensi’s Jagua Nana, in the Italian Edition, Edizioni Lavoro Roma, 1993
1993 “Problems of the Book Industry in Nigeria”, in Sule Bello and Abdullahi Augi (Eds.), Culture and the Book Industry in Nigeria, National Council for Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria 1993. (Chapter 8)
1993 “Cyprian Ekwensi” in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 117: Twentieth Century Caribbean and Black African Writers First Series, Abruccoli Clark Layman Book, Gale Research Inc., Detroit, 1993
1991 “Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: a Classic Study in Colonial Diplomatic Tactlessness” in Peterson, Kristen Holst and Rutherford, Anna (Eds.), Chinua Achebe: A Celebration, Heinemann, Oxford, 1991
1990 “New Perspectives for African Universities in the 21st Century”, in Kaba Brahima and Rayapen Lears (Eds.), Relevant Education for Africa, Professors World Peace Academy, New York, 1990.
1989 “Pioneer Igbo Writers”, in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Archive Volume Gale Research Inc., Book Tower, Detroit, Michigan 1989, pp. 205-211
1988 “Preserving the Igbo Language for the 21st Century”, in Rems Nna Umeasiegbu (Ed.), The Study of Igbo Culture: Essays in Honor of F.C. Ogbalu, Karuna Books, Enugu, Nigeria, 1988
1988 “Technique and Language in Uchenna Ubesies’s Fiction”, in C.D. Narasimhaiah and E.N. Emenyonu (Eds.), African Literature Comes of Age Mysore 570006, India, 1988 (Chapter 13)
1988 “Pita Nwana” in Yemi Ogunbiyi (Ed.), Perspectives on Nigerian Literature: 1700 to Present Vol. I, Guardian Books, Lagos, Nigeria, 1988
1988 “The Rise and Development of Igbo Literature”, In Yemi Ogunbiyi (Ed.), Perspectives on Nigerian Literature: 1700 to Present Vol. I. Guardian Books, Lagos, Nigeria 1988
1987 “The Man Cyprian Ekwensi,” in Ernest N. Emenyonu (Ed.), The Essential Ekwensi, Heinemann, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1987, pp. 1-8
1982 “National Language Policy in Nigeria: Implications for English Teaching”, in Clark and Handscombe Jaon (Eds.), On TESOL, 1982: Pacific Perspectives on Language Learning and Teaching, TESOL, Washington D.C. 1982 (Also published in Chris Kennedy (Ed.), Language Planning and English Language Teaching Prentice Hall, New York and London, 1982)
SOLICITED BOOK REVIEW ESSAYS
1998 “Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s A Biography of Chinua Achebe” in America, New York, Vol. 179 No. 8, September 1998
1998 “Ezenwa-Ohaeto’s A Biography of Chinua Achebe” in Worldview, Washington, D.C., Vol. 11 No.3, Summer 1998
1997 Bernth Lindfors (Ed.) Conversations with Chinua Achebe in The Literary Griot, William Patterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, Vol. 9 Nos. 1 &2, Spring/Fall 1997
1996-1997 “Abdultrazak Gurnah’s Admiring Silence” in Worldview, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1996/97, Washington
1986 “George Wyamndi’s The West African Village Novel with Particular Reference to Elechi Amadi’s THE CONCUBINE” in Bernth Lindfors (Ed.) Research in African Literatures, University of Texas, Austin, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1986
1984 “Benedict Njoku’s The Four Novels of Chinua Achebe in Bernth Lindfors (Ed), Research in African Literatures, University of Texas, Austin, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1985
1979 “Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Civil War Soliloquies in Nigerian Journal of Education Vol. 2, No 2, 1979
1977 “The Novelist as Playwright: a Review of Elechi Amadi’s Pepper Soup and Road to Ibadan” in Nigerian Journal of Education, Owerri, Nigeria, Vol. 2, No 1, 1977
1975 “G.C. Mutiso’s Socio-Political Thought in African Literature, in The Modern Language Journal, New York March, 1975
1973 “Ikenna Nzimiro’s Studies in Ibo Political System” in Africa Today, University of Denver, Colorado, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1973
1970 “Flora Nwapa’s Efuru”, in Bashiru, Journal of the Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Spring 1970
1996 Bibliography of the Writings on the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1990, with some annotations (with Olu Lawal, unpublished)
1973 Bibliography of African Literature for Public Schools”, The Newsletter of the Western Association of Africanists, University of Houston, Texas, No 16, 1973.
WORK IN PROGRESS
1. The Evolution and Development of the Igbo – Language Novel.
2. A Dictionary of African Literature
3. My Mama Pays Your Taxes and Other Stories..
EDITORSHIP OF LEARNED JOURNALS
2000--date Editor, African Literature Today, Published by: Boydell and Brewer/James Currey, England/Africa World Press, U.S.A./Heinemann Publishers, Nigeria.
1987-date Member, Editorial Board, Monograph Series, Research Institute for Comparative Literature, University of Alberta-- Edmonton, Canada
1987-date West African Regional Editorial Representative Journal of Commonwealth Literature-- London, England
1987-date Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of English Studies, Adeyemi College of Education-- Ondo, Nigeria
1986-date Editorial Adviser, Kunapipi, University of Aarhus-- Denmark
1986-date Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of English as a Second Language, Obafemi Awolowo University-- Ife, Nigeria
1984-date Contributing Editor, Okike – An African Journal of New Writing-- Nsukka, Nigeria
1980-1989 General Editor, Calabar Studies in African Literature, Henemann Publishers-- Ibadan, Nigeria
1982-1987 Member, Editorial Board, Education and Development, a Journal of the Nigerian Educational Research Council-- Lagos, Nigeria
1983-1985 Chairman Editorial Committee, Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA) of Nigeria
1979-1981 Assistant Editor, Journal of Literary Society of Nigeria
1976-1980 Editor, Nigerian Journal of Education, Alvan Ikoku College of Education-- Owerri, Nigeria
1974-1975 Editor, UMOJA, An International Interdisciplinary Journal of Black Experience, University of Colorado-- Boulder, Colorado
SERVICES TO UNIVERSITIES IN AFRICA, INDIA, THE UNITED STATES & CANADA
External Assessor (Professorships/Readerships); External Examiner (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Examinations)
Abia State University--Uturu,Nigeria
Ahmadu Bello University--Zaria, Nigeria
American University, Washington DC, U.S.A.
Bendel State University--Ekpoma, Nigeria
Capecoast University--Capecoast, Ghana
Federal Univeristy of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone--Freetown, Sierra Leone
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Imo State University--Okigwe, Nigeria
Nagarjuna University,Nagarjuna Nagar-522 510, India.
North Carolina State University--Raleigh, U.S..A.
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
University of Benin--Benin, Nigeria
University of Cross River State--Uyo, Nigeria
University of Ghana--Legon, Ghana
University of Ibadan--Ibadan, Nigeria
University of Illorin-- Illorin, Nigeria
University of Jos--Jos, Nigeria
University of Lagos--Lagos, Nigeria
University of Maiduguri--Maiduguri, Nigeria
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, U.S.A.
University of Massachusetts at Boston, U.S.A.
University of Missouri, Columbia, U.S.A.
University of Nigeria--Nsukka, Nigeria
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Uyo--Uyo, Nigeria
Villanova University, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
SERVICES TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTS, AND COMMUNITIES
1993-1996 Member, Ahiajoku Lecture Planning Committee-- Imo State, Nigeria
1993-1996 Member, Board of Directors, Alvana Community Bank-- Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
1993-1995 Member, Governing Council, Imo State University-- Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
1990-1994 Member, Governing Council, University of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory-- Abuja, Nigeria
1992 Chairman, Government Panel on the Location of Imo State University-- Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
1990 Member, Federal Government Accreditation Panel for Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University--Ile-Ife, Nigeria
1990 Member, Ministerial Task Force for Provision of books to Schools and Colleges, Federal Ministry of Education-- Lagos, Nigeria
1987-1989 Member, Board of Directors, Imo Newspapers Company Ltd.-- Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
1988 Member, National Advisory Committee on Nomadic Education, Federal Ministry of Education (Chairman, Curriculum and Materials Development Sub-Committee)-- Lagos, Nigeria
1988 Member, Federal Ministry of Education, panel for Assessment of Primary and Library Materials-- Lagos, Nigeria
1987 Member, Advisory Council to His Royal Highness, Eze Ozuzuoha II of Mbieri--Mbaitola, Nigeria
1986 Member, Advisory Board, Imo State Council for Arts and Culture-- Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
1981 Member, Secondary English Project, Comparative Education Study and Adaptation Center (CESAC), University of Lagos-- Nigeria
1981 Member, Primary English Project, Nigerian Educational Research Council-- Lagos, Nigeria
1978-1979 Member, Board of Governors, Mbieri Community Secondary School, Mbieri, Mbaitoli Local Government-- Imo State, Nigeria
1977-1979 Member, Board of Governors, Imo Newspapers Company Ltd.,-- Imo State, Nigeria
1977 Chairman, English Panel, Imo State Government Textbook Development Project-- Owerri, Nigeria
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES
University of Michigan-Flint, Scholarships, Awards, and Special Events Committee
University of Michigan-Flint, International and Global Studies Committee (Chair, Faculty Exchange sub-Committee)
African Literature Association, USA
African Studies Association, USA
Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, (ACLALS) London, England
Association of Nigerian Authors
Literary Society of Nigeria
Modern Language Association, USA
Nigerian Academy of Education
Professors World Peace Academy, Nigeria
Reading Association of Nigeria
West African Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (WAACLALS)
Association of Third World Studies (ATWS)
International Society for Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA)
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