(This) chronicling of the forces that helped to shape Christopher Okigbo's life, his sensibility, and poetry is commendable. Hopefully, the biography will help to expand interest (both locally and internationally) in Okigbo and his work. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORYAn impressive work. The author comments that we so far have few biographies of African writers; and I doubt if there has been another of this thoroughness and care. (...) An exemplary work of scholarship, written with deep affection and without illusion. AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY 29 Nwakanma's authoritative biography of Christopher Okigbo makes an important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Nigerian creative writing from 1960 onwards, but is also a fitting tribute to the man. There is no comparable critical or biographical study of Okigbo. (...) It is hugely well-informed and is an indispensable reference not only to the work of a fine poet (...) but also to the sometimes dangerous times in which he lived. LUCAS BULLETIN One need go no further than this volume to learn what there is to know about Okigbo and his tragically shortened life and literary career. Those interested in supporting an international curriculum, whether or not they are directly involved with African literature, will want this volume. Highly recommended. CHOICE Puts Okigbo in the context of African writing and politics, giving detailed descriptions of his personal and public life. DAILY NATION (Nairobi) A powerful narrative of a brilliant, mischievous, wandering soul trying to find himself, and eventually doing so through the creative act of writing poetry. (...) But this book, for all, or maybe because of his craziness, shows why he is placed securely among the greats. BUSINESS DAY LAGOS
About the Author
OBI NWAKANMA, journalist and poet, is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri.