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Critical Perspectives on Christopher Okigbo

Donatus Ibe Nwoga, editor
ISBN: 978-0-89410-258-5
ISBN: 978-0-89410-259-2
1984/367 pages


A collection of essays and reviews, both favorable and negative, about the charismatic and popular Igbo poet who, at the age of 35, was killed by the advancing Nigerian army during the war of Biafran secession.

The book begins with a memorial essay by Okigbo’s good friend Chinua Achebe. Other contributors examine the rich imagery that Okigbo drew from nature, history, and politics, exploring the surrealistic and subjective qualities of his work and the difficulties that scholars have encountered in interpreting them.


Donatus Ibe Nwoga has served as professor of English and director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Nigeria. He is author of several books on African literature.