About Okey Ndibe
Okey Ndibe teaches fiction and African literature at Trinity College in
Hartford, CT. He is the author of the novel, Arrows of Rain, which has drawn
praise from numerous critics and authors, including Nobel laureate Wole
Soyinka, John Edgar Wideman, Michael Thelwell, and Niyi Osundare. U.K-based
New Internationalist magazine described Arrows of Rain as “a powerful and
gritty debut.” The magazine also spotlighted Arrows in its October 2001
special edition on “New Fiction from the South.” Ndibe also co-edited (with
Chenjerai Hove) a book titled Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in
Ndibe’s lively, witty and intellectually stimulating style has made him a
highly sought after speaker on African and African American literature and
After studying business management at the Institute of Management and
Technology, Enugu (Nigeria), Ndibe earned an MFA and PhD in English from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He has taught at Connecticut College in New London, CT (where the student
newspaper named him one of the college’s five outstanding professors), and
Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, MA, winning the college's
New Faculty Award. During the 2001-2002 year, he was a Fulbright Scholar at
the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Ndibe was the founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published in
the U.S. by novelist Chinua Achebe, author of the classic novel, Things Fall
From 2000 to 2001, he served on the editorial board of Hartford Courant
where his piece titled “Eyes to the Ground: The Perils of the Black
Student,” won the 2001 Association of Opinion Page Editors award for best
opinion essay in an American newspaper. He also won a best opinion piece
award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter.
Ndibe writes a weekly column for The Sun of Nigeria, and his opinion essays
are carried by numerous websites. He contributes to several publications in
the U.S., England, and elsewhere, including Hartford Courant, The Fabian
Society Journal, Black Issues Book Review, BBC Online, www.guernicamag.com
Ndibe is finishing his second novel titled foreign gods, incorporated and
also working on a memoir of his life in the US.
To discuss a speaking engagement, please contact Ndibe by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or phone (860.306.7843).