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Tanure Ojaide
Biographical info

Tanure Ojaide was born and raised in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. He received a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Ibadan and completed both his M.A in Creative Writing and Ph.D in English at Syracuse University.

Ojaide is a Fellow of Writing of The University of Iowa and has won many poetry awards including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988, 1997), the BBC Arts and Poetry Award (1988) and the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Award (1988, 1994, and 2003).

He taught for many years at The University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and is currently Professor of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches African/Pan African Literature and art.

He has read his poetry, which can be described as a blend of oral traditions and modern techniques, in parts of Europe, Africa and the Americas. His poetry has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French and Spanish.

The Tale of Harmatan (Kwela/ Snailpress) is his fifteenth collection of poetry. Other poetry collections by Ojaide include:

Labyrinths of the Delta (1986)
The fate of Vultures (1990)
The Blood of Peace (1991)
Daydreams of Ants (1997)
Invoking the Warrior Spirit: New and Selected Poems (1999)
In the Kingdom of Songs: A Trilogy (2002)
I want to Dance & Other Poems (2003)