FULL NAME:                  Chinyere Grace OKAFOR

ADDRESSES:                  1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260        
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1992                Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

1989                Ph.D. English, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nigeria.

1979                M.A. African Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K.

1977                Pg.D. Theatre Studies, University College, Cardiff. U.K.

1975                B.A. English (Second Class Honors, Upper Div.), University of Nigeria, Nsukka



2015 –                   Chair, Women’s Studies and Religion, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

2015 –                   Director, Center for Women’s Studies, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

2009                            Full Professor

2003 2009                Associate Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.     

2001 2002                 Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine, Portland ME. U.S.A.

2001 (Spring)              Adjunct Professor, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. U.S.A.

1999 – 2001                Researcher/Writer - Women’s Writing, fiction and Non-fiction.

1996 – 1999:               Visiting Lecturer and Coordinator of Literature, Univ. of Swaziland.

                                     Southern Africa.

1994 – 1996                Associate Professor, University of Benin. Nigeria.

1991 – 1992                Research Fellow, Cornell University. U.S.A.

1980 – 1991                Lecturer II ‑ Senior Lecturer, University of Benin. Nigeria.

1976 – 1980                Graduate Assistant ‑ Lecturer II, University of Port‑Harcourt. Nigeria.

Selected Courses Taught

African and Diaspora Women’s Writing.                      Theories of Feminism.

Multicultural Perspectives on Women and Gender.      Writing and Drama Workshop.

Introduction to Women’s Studies.                               Survey of African American Lit.

Women in Literature.                                                  Postcolonial African Literature.

Women In Africa.                                                       African Mask Communication.

Folk Literature and Theater.                                       Composition.              

Comparative Literature (Southern African and African American).



2012    Outstanding Faculty Award

2011    Tilford Incentive Grant (teaching of race/ethnicity issues).

2009    Phenomenal Woman Award

2008    University Research/Creative Projects Award (URPC)

2004    Global Learning Most Outstanding Department Award

1999    International Visitor, Colloque International, Ministere de la Culture, Paris.

1998    Rockefeller Writer in Residence, Bellagio Center, Italy.

1997    International Visitor, 40th Annual Meeting Of the African Studies Association (ASA); Columbus, Ohio.

1996   Outstanding Finalist, The Bertram’s V. O. Literature of Africa Awards; South Africa.

1994   Special Discovery of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) 1994, for proficiency as a Writer in the three genres of literature - poetry, prose and drama.

1994    2nd Place, Association of Nigerian Authors' (ANA) National Competition for Prose.

1994    Honors, Association of Nigerian Authors' (ANA) National Competition for Poetry.

1994    4th Place, Association of Nigerian Authors' (ANA) National Competition for playwriting.

1992  3rd Prize, Short Story Competition. Women's Research and Documentation Center (WORDOC), University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

1991   Rockefeller Fellowship, Hunter College, State University of New York.

1991    Rockefeller Fellow, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

1989    Ist Prize, Songs Competition (Solo), University of Benin, Nigeria.

1988    Ist Prize, Songs Competition (Solo), University of Benin, Nigeria.

1975    International Scholarship of Merit, University of Glasgow, U.K.



1.      (2015) Ikeji Festival Theater of the Aro and Diaspora: Gender, Mask and Communication.

                        Lagos: University of Lagos Press.

  1. (2012) New Toyi Toyi (Nigerian edition) Kraft Books Limited, Ibadan, Nigeria
  2. (2010) In Her Own Voice: Agnes Okafor Tells Her Stories. Online
  3. (2008) It Grows In Winter and Other Poems. (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press)
  4. (2007) The New Toyi Toyi  (play) (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press)
  5. (1996) He Wants To Marry Me Again and Other Stories (Ibadan: Kraftgriots).
  6. (1996. The Lion And The Iroko (Ibadan: Kraftgriots).
  7. (1996) From Earth’s Bed Chamber: A Collection of Poems (Ibadan: Kraftgriots).
  8. (1996) Campus Palavar and Other Plays (Ibadan: Kraftgriots). 

Journal Articles and Chapter Contributions In Books

 10.  (2014) Diary of An American Woman Irinkerindo: a journal of african migration. Issue 7: 76-111 

    First of a Three-Part Story called This Africa in my Dream.2013.”

11.   (2013) “Female Power: Cornerstone or Central Subject in Igbo Mask Performance.” In A Survey Of The Igbo Nation (Vol. 2). Ed. G. E. K. Ofomata and Chudi Uwazurike. New York: Triatlantic Books.  (Also published in 2008 in Emergent Themes, ed., Falola and Hassan).

  1.  (2013) Omumu Concept of Begetting: A Pro-feminist Lesson from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.” In Words for a Small Planet. Ed. Nanette Norris (New Lanham: Lexington Books): 127-138.
  2. (2012) “Womanhood in Igbo Cosmology: Intersections in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. In Achebe’s Women: Imagism and Power. Ed. Helen Chukwuma (Trenton: Africa World Press). See a pre-publication version of the article.button
  3.  (2011) “Black Professor, Africa, and Whiteness in Women’s Studies Classes: Personal Story of Pedagogical Engagement and Conflict Resolution.” In Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the Twenty First Century. Ed. Mirza, M. and David Hussey (C-SAP Monograph No. 14): 237-261.  
  4. (2009). Female Power: Corner Stone or Central Subject in Igbo Mask Performance.” Emergent Themes and Methods in African Studies: Essays in Honor of Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo Ed., Falola, T and Adam Paddock. No compensation.  (Trenton: Africa World Press): 431-446
  5. (2008) “Militant Femininity in Southern African Poetry: A Discussion of Selected Poems by Micere Mugo and Gladys Thomas.” In Power and Nationalism. Ed., Falola, Toyin and S. Hassan (Durham: Carolina Academic Press), pp. 435-450.  
  6. (2007) “Global encounters: Barbie in Nigerian Agbogho-mmuo mask context.” Journal of African Cultural Studies. Vol. 19, No. 1. 37-54.
  7.  (2003) "Location and Separateness in African and African-American Drama...” Postcolonial Perspective on Women Writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the US. Ed., Japtok, Martin (Trenton: Africa World Press), pp. 319-343.
  8. (2002) “La Litterature africaine et le beauvoirisme: example d’ ‘action’ de femmes et d’ecrivaines” In Delphy, Christine and Sylvia Chaperon, Cinquantenaire Du Deuxieme Sexe (Paris: Syllepse), pp. 259-268.  For the English version, click  button
  9. (2001)  “Beyond Child Abuse.”  In Eye to Eye: Women Practicing Development Across Cultures.  Ed. Schench, Celeste, and Susan Perry (London: Zed Press), pp. 259-276.
  10. (2001)  “Ogini’s Choice: A Novella in Ten parts.” Englishes: Literature Inglesi Contemporanee. No 15 ANNO 5, pp. 105-139.
  11. (2000) “Ogini’s Choice,” Also published In The Quest For Democracy: Writings on Nigerian Literature in English. Ed.  Rosati, F. (Pescara, Italy: Libreria Dell’Universita Editrice), pp. 199-237.
  12. (1998) “Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike” In Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Parekh, Pushpa and Siga Jagne (Westport: Greenwood), pp. 221-227.
  13. (1998) “Festus Ikhuoria Ojeaka Iyayi.” In Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical  Sourcebook. Ed. Parekh, Pushpa and Siga Jagne (Westport: Greenwood), pp. 234-240
  14. (1997) “Gender Politics in West African Mask Performance.” Writing African Women: Gender, Popular Culture and Literature in West Africa. Ed. Newell, Stephanie (London: Zed Books), pp. 157-169.
  15. (1997) “Rewriting Popular Myths of Female Subordination: Selected Stories by Theodora Adimora‑Ezeigbo and May Ifeoma Nwoye.”  Writing West African Women: Gender, Popular Culture and Literature in West Africa. Ed. Newell, Stephanie (London: Zed Books), pp. 81-94.
  16. (1996) “The Dramatization of Heroism in Igbo Festivals.” UNISWA Research Journal (Univ. of Swaziland), Vol. 10, pp. 56-68.
  17. (1996) "Theatrical Negotiation of Transformation in No More The Wasted Breed." Femi Osofisan: Interpretative Essays I.
  18. Ed. Awodiya,  Muyiwa (Ibadan: Kraft Books), pp. 119-128.
  19. (1995) “Bus Ride With Madam Osaigbovo.” A Story in The Potter and Other Stories (Ibadan: African Studies Publication), pp. 39-51.
  20. (1994) “Theatrical Construction Of Trial As A Technique in The Trial of Dedan Kimathi." JMLAN: A Publication of the Modern Languages Association of Nigeria, Vol. 2, pp. 58-64.
  21. (1994) "From the Heart of Masculinity: Ogbodo Uke Women's Masking." Research in African Literatures (The Ohio State University), Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 7-17.
  22. (1993) "A Comparative Study of J. P. Clark's The Masquerade and Efua Sutherland's Foriwa." Commonwealth: Essays and Studies (Universite de Bourgogne, France), Vo l. 16, No. 1., pp 89-95.
  23. (1993) "Review of Gods, Oracles, and Divinations by Kalu Ogba." Research in African Literatures (The Ohio State University), Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 129‑132.
  24. (1992) "Power and Empowerment in African Mask Performance." Africa Notes (Cornell University), pp. 8-9.
  25. (1992) "The Rejected Corner Stone: Women In Igbo Mask Theater." Africana Studies and Research Center Newsletter (Cornell University), Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 19-23, and 27-31.
  26. (1992) "The Search for Gold Finger." Short Story in The Literary Review (Fairleigh Dickinson University), Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 551-553.
  27. (1991) “Behind the Inscrutable Wonder: The Dramaturgy of the Mask Performer in Traditional African Society.” Research In African Literatures (The Ohio State University), Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 39-52.
  28.  (1990) “: The Man, the Playwright, and the producer on the Nigerian Theater Scene.World Literature Today  Winter  (1990):24-29.
  29. (1989) "Of Spooks and Virile Men: Patterns of Response to Imperialism in Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Trial of Dedan Kimathi." Commonwealth: Essays and Studies (Universite de Bourgogne, France), Vol. 2, pp. 87-93.
  30. Amankulor, J. N. and Okafor, Chinyere G. (1988) "Continuity and Change in Traditional Nigerian Theatre among the Igbo in the Era of Colonial Politics." Ufahamu (University of California, LA), Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 35-50.
  31. Okafor, Chinyere G. (1986) "Aro Diaspora: A Cultural and Historical Overview." Arochukwu History and Culture. Ed. Ijoma,  J. O. (Enugu: Fourth Dimension), pp. 113-137.
  32.  (1986) "Ama Ata Aidoo: Anowa" Okike: Educational Supplement, No. 4., pp. 137-146.                 
  33. (1983) "Creating Awareness through Shock Drama: The Example of Osofisan's Four Robbers." Journal of Nigerian Theatre Artistes, Vol. I, No. 1., pp. 9-16.
  34. (1981) "A Woman Is Not A Stone but A Human Being: Women in the Plays of Aidoo and Sutherland." Medium and Message (University of Calabar), Vol. 1, pp. 165-177.
  35. (1980) "Parallelism versus Influence in African Literature...." Kiabara: Journal of Humanities (University of Port‑Harcourt), Vol. 1, pp. 113-131. 

Other works and compositions

  1. (2006) “Terrible Beauty of Masks From Around the World.” Review of MASKS from Around the World by Garth Darl. Vancouver: Granville Island Publishing
  2.  (20003) “Gazing At Wide Country.” Poetry and Prose In National Association of Women writers Weekly, September 15.
  3.  (2001) “Foreword.” Achebe the Orator by Chinwe Christianan Okechukwu. Westport: Greenwood press, 2001. Not refereed. No compensation.
  4. (2001) “Sire That Yells,” “One Nation,” and “One Tough Head.” In  Englishes:Literature Inglesi Contemporanee (Italy), No 15 ANNO 5,  pp. 103-104.
  5.  (2001) Eight Poems published in the “Arts and Columns” section of The Maine Progressive: a Journal of Politics and Culture. <>
  6.  (2000) “Millenium Note”  with republication of  “Sire That Yells,” “One Nation,” “One Tough  Head.” In Englishes: Literature Inglesi Contemporanee (Italy), No 10 ANNO 4,  pp. 38-40
  7.  (1999) “Chains of Light,” and “My Love Grows in Winter.” TurfWRITE: A Creative Writing  Journal. (South Africa). Vol. 2, pp. 102-103.
  8.  (1997) Umsenge Tree,” and “Forests of Guava.” Weekend Observer (Swaziland), p. 10.
  9. (1996) “Counter Attack,” and “Maliyaduma Veld.” Poems in Tyume: Fort Hare Journal of Creative Writing (South Africa), No. 1.
  10. (1994) “Mother and Child.” The Evangelist (Nigeria). December. 2 pages.
  11. 1994) "Potsherds (for Winnie Mandela)" "Crow After Hen," "For Arthur At Coronation (on the eve of Mandela's inauguration). Poems in Africa Update (CCSU African Studies Newsletter, U.S.A.) No. 3. pp. 6‑7.
  12. “Silver Cross For Dundon.,’ “Tribute…” and “Christmas in the Rains.” Fathers (Periodical Magazine) (Nigeria).
  13. (1993) "Colors of My Country," "From Charles, the Cloths‑Maker," and “Forced Festival." Poems in Images: The Scholar's Release (Salisbury, U.S.A.), 2: 1‑3, pp. 26‑27. 


2015. Alakam, Japhet. Okafor unravels the mystery of the Ikeji Mask (Nov. 21)

2012. Udengwu, Ngozi. Contemporary Nigerian Female Playwrights: A Study in Ideology and Themes Lambert Academic Publishing.

2012  Oluwakoya, Paul. The Trouble with Nigeria – Critics". The Nation Newspaper (May 23)

2012. Orie, Michael. “Things Fall Apart ... Africa’s masculinity as bane of real politicks.” The guardian (May 18,2012). 

2008.  B. D. Tharp. Making A Difference in the Community. Women’s Focus Magazine, Feb. Half page. 

2007. Awodiya, Muyiwa P. “Uncelebrated Heroes and Heroines of Nigerian Drama.” In African Literature at the Millennium Vol. 13, Ed. African Literature Association, U of Kansas, Lawrence, 230-233. 2 pages.

2007.  Dean, Jenny. “Poet shows that scholasticism, art, and fiery wrath prove happy companions.” The Colby Echo, April 13.  2 pages.

2007. Hoffman, Marsha. “Magdalen Family Focus.Magdalen Messenger (Newsletter of the Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, KS), Vol. 1, No. 6, May/June, p. 6.

2005.  Opara, Chioma. "Echoes of the Whip in Chinyere Okafor’s He Wants To Marry Me Again and Zaynab Alkali’s Cobwebs and other Stories.”  In Opara, C. Her Mother’s Daughter: the African Writer As Woman. Port Harcourt: University of Port Harcourt press. pp. 117-130.

2002. “USM plans to keep current with a multicultural world.Maine Sunday Telegram. September 2.

2001. Cormellini, Carla. (2001). Postcolonial Motifs and Themes in Chinyere Grace Okafor’s Poetry and Ogini’s Choice. Englishes: Literature Inglesi Contemporane (Italy). No 15 ANNO 5, pp. 91-102, 140-142.

2001.  Schenck, Celeste and Susan Perry, “EPILOGUE: Resisting Development.”  In Eye to Eye: Women Practicing Development Across Cultures. London: Zed Press, pp. 257-8.

2000.  Cormellini, Carla. “A Bio-Bibliographical Profile of Chinyere Grace Okafor.” Englishes:

           Literature Inglesi Contemporanee (Italy). No 10 ANNO 4, pp. Pp. 41-43.

1999. Nnaemeka, Obi. “OKAFOR, Chinyere Grace.” Encyclopedia of world Literature in the 20th Century. Vol. 3: L-R. 2 pages.

1999.  “Review of The New Toyi Toyi by Chinyere Okafor.” Observer Magazine (Swaziland), March 6-7.

1999.  Ngcobo, Johnson. The Play with emotions.” The Swazi News (Swaziland). March 6.

1998.  Dunton, Chris. “Okafor, Chinyere Grace,” In Nigerian Theater in English: A Critical Bibliography. London: Hans Zell publishers, pp.162-169.

1996.  “The Lion and the mighty iroko tree - Review of Okafor’s The Lion and the Iroko.” Nigerian Tribune. September 4, Living and Development page.

1996.  “Drama and state of the nation.” Nigerian Tribune. June 19, Living and Development page.

1995.   Abiola, A. “Theatre at UNIBEN main auditorium.” The Observer (Nigeria), April 15. p. 7.

1995.  “Chinyere Okafor Gets Award.” UNIBENEWS (Nigeria). Vol. 2. No. 17. p.11.

1994.  “Graceful Writer From the Fringe.” PMNews(Nigeria), November 21.

1994.   Ige, Taye. Unrepentant Feminist.  TheWeek (Nigeria). December 19.

1993.  Ojo, Godwin. “The Destiny of this nation is in our hands” Review of Okafor’s Play Performance. Kampuswatch (Nigeria). Vol. 1, No. 6. p. 28.

1993.  Omatseye, Sam, “For A Just Society,” Arts Magazine(Nigeria), p.B2.

1991.  “Chinyere Okafor.” Crown Prince (Nigaria). January.  p. 44.



2015 “Violence in Our World” – Global Village Assembly - community forum organized with Dr. Kabagarama and Dr. Fleming-Randle. April 10.

2014. "Nigerian Oil: Boon or Bane” (with students). Global Learning Center, Wichita. KS. April 13.

2014 “Reclaiming Our Humanity” – Global Village Assembly - community forum organized with Dr. Kabagarama. September 26.

2014 “World Peace” - Village Assembly - community forum organized with Dr. Kabagarama. April 4.

2013 Organized the “Celebration of Nelson Mandela” and read poetry. December 8.

2013 “Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of African Descent.” Panel Discussion, Nov. 22.

2012 “Nigeria: Exciting and Challenging (an account of my sabbatical experience).” Presentation for The Group, Wichita, Kansas, October 28.

2012 “Feminism in Nigeria: Castigation, Acceptance and More?” Panel presentation, Nigerian International Women’s Day event, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria, March 8.

2012 Chaired a Panel on “Gender and Race Across Times.” Black Heritage Festival & Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, April 4.

(2012) Directed the drama aspect of the University’s convocation opera, Il Trovatore, with Anthoni Mereni directing the music.

2012 “Masculinity through Omumu lens: Rereading of Achebe’s Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart.” Faculty of Arts Seminar, University of Lagos, May 3.

2011 “Chasing the American Dream.” Novel pitch presented at The New York Pitch Conference, September 22-25

2010  "The Discrepancy of Black Women and Body Image," Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.

2010  “Nigeria: Past, Present & Future.” Global Learning Center, Wichita, KS. May 16.

2010  "Racial Profiling of a Good Student." Panel Discussant,Wichita State University, Wichita KS.

2010. Panel Discussant. “Christmas and New Year in Nigeria.” Global Learning Center, Wichita, KS, December 19.

2009 Poetry Reading, Abuja, Nigeria, August 4.

2009  Directed a play, “scramble.htmlScramble for Africa 2” by C. Okafor,  performed by students of Wichita State University, October 30.

2009  Class visit and talk, Friend’s University, Wichita, KS, October 22.

2009  “Introduction to Nigeria” Power Point presentation at the annual Cultural Event organized by the Nigerian Association of Wichita, October 10.

2009  Faculty Facilitator, “Miss Africa” presentation by students of Wichita State University, April 10.

2009.   “Feminisms in Africa and African Diaspora” Women In Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD) conference, August 2-8.

2009. “Omumu Concept: A Pro-Feminist Lesson from Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.” Women In Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD) conference, August 2-8.

2008  Supervised students’ rehearsals of excerpts from, The New Toyi Toyi, and presentation at WSU, March 28.

2008. “Making the Poet Making Poetry: The Process of Poetic Writing.” The Kansas Writers Association (KWA), June 21.

2008  “Heroes from the Margins: Stories of Athletes who challenged  Racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” Kansas sports Hall of Fame

2008  Poetry Reading, Ablah Library, Wichita State University, April 24.

2008  Poetry Reading, African American Museum, Wichita, KS May 15 and May 21

2007  “Instructor Positionality and Classroom dynamics” Tilford conference, Wichita State University, October 10.

2007  “Engaging Race in Women’s Studies’ Classes.” Conference on Teaching Gender in 21st Century. The Higher education Academy, University of London, June 29.

2007   “What is Global? What is Vernacular? English Education in African and African Diaspora Women’s Writing.” Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April 28. 

2007   “From Prairies of Kansas to Seasons of Maine - through the poet’s eye.” University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, April 3.

2007   “On love, war, and place - from the poet’s diary.” Colby College, Waterville, ME, April 5.

2007   “Wole Soyinka: The Energy Behind Influences” Featured Speech at the Symposium on Soyinka: the Man, the Playwright, the Novelist, the Activist University of Kansas, Lawrence, February 10.

2006  “Global Perspective, African Views: Perceptions of Africa in the West. “ Keynote speech, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, October 21,

2006 “Female Power: Corner Stone or Central Subject in Igbo Mask Performance.” Paper presented at the African Literature Conference. Accra: Ghana. May 17-22.

2006  Women In Higher Education conference. Wichita State University. April 9 & 10.

2006. "Terrible Beauty of Masks From Around the World.” Review of MASKS from Around the World by Garth Darl. Vancouver: Granville Island Publishing, 2 pages.

2006 Supervised “Africana Presents the World” – a variety of dance, drama, poetry, fashion and musical shows from different cultures of Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

2006  Talk: “New Ambassadors of WSU" Graduation celebration.  May 11.

2005  “Global Encounters: The Case of Agbogho-mmonwu Mask and Barbie Doll.” Paper presented at the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies conference, University of London, SOAS, June 29-July 4.

2005  “Femininity and Globalization.” Power Point Presentation at the Anthropology Colloquium, Wichita State University, March 9. 

2005  Empire or Interdependence - A multidisciplinary, international conference on the Post-Cold War world. Friends University, Wichita, April 1-3.

2004 Talk titled, “International and Cross-Cultural Dialogue Across the Atlantic” and facilitation of a conversation between students of “Women In Africa” class (WSU) and Dr. Chioma Opara and her students in Portharcourt (Nigeria).  Global Learning Conference. Wichita State University, Wichita KS: November 12.

2004 “Popular Culture Cross-Culturally: A Comparative Study of Igbo Agbogho-mmonwu and American Barbie.” Paper presented at the African Literature Conference. Madison: WI. April 14-18.

2004 Guest Speaker at the Annual Charitable Event by Nigerian Women Association. Olive Tree Banquet Hall. Wichita. May 15.

2004   Panel Discussant, “Dances with Hip Hop: Debate about female identity.” Ulrich Museum,  Wichita State University, February 29.

2004  Lecture, “Multi-Nation, Multi-culture, and One Country – Nigeria.”  The East Wichita Shepherd Center: Adventures in Learning,  Feb 24.

2004 My Scholarship one-act play by Chinyere Okafor, performed by WSU students. Olive Tree, Wichita: October 2.

2003 “Gender Voices in African Mask Communication.” Paper presented at the Anthropology Colloquium, Wichita State university, April 16.

2003 “Transgressions: Stories of an African Woman In America,” Story read at the Southern California Writers’ conference. Oxnard, 1Oct. 3 – Oct. 5.

2003  Panel Speaker. International Women’s Day Celebration, Wichita State University. Talk Title: “Making Known War’s Invisible Victims: The Case of Biafra/Nigeria.” March 7.

2003  Facilitated Dr. Opara’s visit from University of Science and Technology, Portharcourt, Nigeria to talk at WSU on “Bellowing In Silence: African Women and the Struggle for Identity.” June 3.

2003  Three Women – one-act play by Chinyere Okafor performed by WSU students. November 16.

2003.  “Contors of Ani -  Poetry and Story Reading.  Hubbard Hall. Wichita State University.  November 16.

2002  Keynote Speaker: International Women’s Day Banquet. Talk title: “If I Narrate What they Are Doing To Me: How national and global political economic policies play out in the lives of African women and children.” University of Maine, Farmington. March 8.

2002  “The Voice of Silence in African Women’s Writing and Gender Action.” Paper presented at Women’s Studies’ Retreat, Spruce Point, May 16-17.

2002 “An African Woman in A Women’s Studies Class.” Story read at Maine Women’s Consortium Retreat, May 24-25.

2002  Keynote Speaker, "An African writer in the US." Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Portland. May 12.

2002 Designed and facilitated Faculty Seminar Series on Gender, Race, and Pedagogy for University of Southern Maine faculty and staff. Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13.

2002 Designed and facilitated a seminar and workshop on “Cultural Perspectives in the Classroom,” for the College of Nursing, University of Southern Maine, November 7.

2002 Panel Discussant, “The Role of Higher Education in Globalization: A Cooperative Knowledge or  Resistance?” University of Southern Maine. Portland, April 24.

2002 Talk: “Ritual Authority, Communication, and Empowerment of Women in African Masking.” Museum of African Tribal Arts, Portland, ME. April 18.

2002  Interview on WMPG’s “big Talk” by Wendy Hazzard and Michael Hillard about my poetry and plays. February 21.

2002  Initiated and facilitated the opening of a branch of Women In Need (WINI) in Portland, ME. WINI provides health and dev. assistance to poor women and children. March-April.

2002 Moderated a conversation between students, the university and greater Portland communities on students' perspectives on education at the University of Southern Maine, Portland ME, April 8.

2002  Organized African women dancers that performed at the Annual Women’s History Month Celebration. Woodbury Center, Portland. March 1.

2002 “Poetry Reading on the Eve of St. Valentine’s Day: Poems of Love and Life” Luther Bonney Auditorium, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME. February 14.

2002 The Lion and The Iroko produced by A. Kent, Theater Department, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME. March 6.

2001 Co-Facilitated the Riverton Branch community conversation on the subject of Sept. 11. Organized by Maine Humanities Council. October 11.

2001 Oral Poetry Performance and Introduction of the Convocation Scholar, Nobel Prize Laureate, Wole Soyinka, at his talk and opening of the University of Maine Convocation. September 25.

2000 “Break the Silence: Women Writers of Africa Speak.” Paper presented with Christiana Okechukwu at the African Literature Association (ALA),  Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A. April 12-16.

1999 “Contemporary African Literature and Beauvoirism.” Colloque International, Cinqauntenaire Du Deuxieme Sexe, Ministere de la Culture, Paris, Jan. 19‑23.

1999 The New Toyi Toyi. Play performance by students. New Science Theater, University of Swaziland.  Kwaluseni. Swaziland. February, 10.

1998 "Post‑Colonial Literature in English: A View from The Inside,” University of Bologna, Italy.  June 19.

 1998 Poems - Earth’s Bed Chamber. Instituto Emilia-Romangna, Bologna. Italy. June 19.

1998 Play - Mosquitoe's Last Card  University of Swaziland.



 Festival of a Great Mask  (Tribute to Chinua Achebe)

Hilariously Obamized - tales from presidential promaries 1-10  

Seasons of Maine - poems and anecdotes

Flipping the pages of her secret

Beloved Queen Echo  (see Story Star)

More on stories, poems and plays at



 Women’s Writing, Folk Literature and Performance. Postcolonial African Literature,


 “Women, mask, and Achebe’s Literature” -  Essays in the merging of written and oral literatures.

“Zeb Silhouette …” - Creative Nonfiction on women, immigration, and development.

“The African Blonde …” Poems on issues across the globe

“Scramble for Africa 2” Play


1998 – Present:           Vice-President, Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS)

2008 – 2009                Board Chair, Women In Need Inc. (WINI).

2001 – 2009                Board Member, Women In Need Inc. (WINI).

2003 – Present             Member, Global Learning Center, Wichita, Kansas.

1990 – Present             Member, African Literature Association (ALA).

2003-  2006                 Member, National Association of Women Writers.                                                 To Top Button           To Contents Button                 

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