Ogaga Ifowodo 




A Waterscape english

Translations: de

to poem

XVIII (from “Odi”) english

Translations: de

to poem

XX (from “Odi”) english

XXXVIII (from “Ogoni”) english

XLV (from “The Pipes War”) english

Translations: de

to poem

The Agonist english

The Error of His Death english

The Böll Haus Welcome english

Madiba (sonnet 13) english

Madiba (sonnet 14) english

Madiba (sonnet 15) english

Madiba (sonnet 16) english

For Art’s Sake english

Homeland english

The Earth You Walked to Me english

Ogaga Ifowodo 

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* 14.05.1966, Nigeria
lives in: , United States

Ogaga Ifowodo, poet and writer, studied law at the University of Benin and worked for eight years as a rights activist with Nigeria’s premier non-governmental rights group, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO).

Ogaga Ifowodo has published three collections of poems: Homeland and Other Poems, Madiba and The Oil Lamp.

His poems have been translated into German, Dutch and Romanian and have been widely published in anthologies and magazines, including Voices from all Over: Poems with Notes and Activities (Oxford, 2006), Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, (John Wiley, 2000), The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry International, English in Africa, The Massachusetts Review, among others.

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Between 1997 and 1998, he was held under preventive detention by the military regime of General Sani Abacha: a memoir of his prison experience, excerpts from which have been featured in Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing (Heinemann), New Writing 14 (Granta), and at www.african-writing.com is in progress.

With the story, The Treasonable Parot, he recently made his prose fiction debut in AGNI magazine. Ifowodo has been a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of The Guardian of Lagos and other major Nigerian newspapers.

He is a recipient of the PEN USA Barbara Goldsmith Freedom-to-Write Award (1998) and of the Poets of All Nations (Netherlands) Free Word. An honorary member of the PEN centres of the USA, Canada and Germany, he is also a fellow of the Iowa Writing Program.

Trained originally as a lawyer, Ifowodo received a Master of Fine Art and a Ph.D from Cornell University in the USA where he currently teaches poetry and literature at Texas State University.

  • Homeland & Other Poems


  • Madiba


  • The Oil Lamp


  • A Good Mourning

    Lagos: Parresia Books, 2017

  • 1993 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) poetry prize

  • 2003 ANA/Cadbury poetry prize