is a Nigerian poet and philosopher and literary scholar. He is professor of African literature at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago and extraordinary professor of English at Stellenbosch University, South Afirca. He earned his PhD in Philosophy and Literature from Purdue University, where he also obtained an MFA in fiction. He has master’s degrees in Catholic theology and comparative literature. His areas of research include Igbo poetics, African feminisms, globalization and Africana cultures/identities, literature and ethics etc.
His most recent book titled Race, Decolonization, and Global Citizenship is being published by the University of Rochester Press, 2018.
He is actively collecting and archiving Igbo oral poetry, and he seeks to continue in the tradition of his father, who was a prominent oral poet in Amokwe.