Dr Esiaba Irobi
Photo: Olu Oguibe (2000)
Esiaba Irobi - a poet,
playwright, actor and scholar was born in the Republic of
Biafra on October 1, 1960, and lived in in exile in Nigeria,
Britain, United States and Germany where he passed away on
May 3, 2010. He studied at the Universities of Nigeria,
Sheffield and Leeds, and held a B.A. in English/Drama, M.A.
Comparative Literature, M.A. Film/Theatre, and PhD in
Theatre Studies. In 1992 his play, Cemetery Road won the
prestigious World Drama Trust Award. His books include
Nwokedi, The Colour of Rusting Gold, Cotyledons, Hangmen
Also Die, and Why I don't Like Philip Larkin and Other
Poems. He leaves behind a wife, Uloaku and a son, Nnamdi.
Poems by Esiaba Irobi
The Cry of Orgasm
Kingdom of the Mad
Helen, Not of Troy
Essay by Esiaba Irobi
Re-Theorizing African Performance, Orature and Literature in
the Age of Globalization and Diaspora Studies.
Esiaba Irobi's "The Battle of Harlem" (prenotes
Essay by Pius Adesanmi
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My e-conversation with Esiaba Irobi
Interview by Nnorom Azuonye
Poor African Writers Travelling: Home
and Exile in younger Nigerian Diasporic Writing.
Akeh evaluates the impact of exile in a
younger generation of Nigerian writers. The essay integrates
reviews of four poetry collections by Chuma Nwokolo jr,
Nnorom Azuonye, Esiaba Irobi and Uche Nduka.
Essay by Afam Akeh