Songs of Myself Quartet: Poems
A Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa, Tanure Ojaide was educated at the University of Ibadan, where he received a bachelor's degree in English, and at Syracuse University, where he received both M.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English. He has published seventeen collections of poetry, three collections of short stories, two memoirs, four novels, and seven scholarly books. His literary awards include the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988, 1997), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), and the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Award (1988,1994, 2003, and 2011). In 2016 he won both the African Literature Association's Folon-Nicholas Award for Excellence in Writing and the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award for the Humanities.
Ojaide taught for many years at the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), and is currently The Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1999, twice Fullbright Senior Scholar Award in 2002/2003 and 2013/2014, and the University of North Carolina's First Citizens Bank Scholar Medal Award for 2005.
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