Okey Ndibe (born 1960) is a novelist, poet, political activist from Yola, Nigeria. He is the author of Arrows of Rain, a critically reviewed novel published in 2000. Ndibe relocated to the United States in 1988, where he founded African Commentary, a magazine described as "award-winning and widely acclaimed." Nbide is also a published poet, and a former associate professor of English at Bard College at Simon's Rock.
Birth and young life
was born in Yola
, Nigeria. His father was a postal worker, and his mother was a teacher. His early life in Nigeria was marked by the Biafran War
, a subject that he later wrote about.
Coming to America
Ndibe worked in Nigeria as a journalist and magazine editor, and came to the United States in 1988 at the invitation of famous Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe
. In the United States, Ndibe helped to found African Commentary
, a magazine described as "award-winning and widely acclaimed.” He continued to write for magazines and papers in the United States, winning the the 2001 Association of Opinion Page Editors award for best opinion essay in an American newspaper for his piece Eyes to the Ground: The Perils of the Black Student
Work as a Professor
Ndibe has worked as a professor at several colleges, including Connecticut College
, Bard College at Simon's Rock
, and, currently, Trinity College (Connecticut)
Ndibe is an author of short fiction, novels, poetry and political commentary. He is a regular columnist for "The Sun" a Nigerian paper, and also contributes to many other publications such as The Hartford Courant
, The Fabian Society Journal, Black Issues Book Review
, BBC Online
.. He has contributed poetry to "An Anthology of New West African Poets". His first novel is titled Arrows of Rain
and he is currently writing his second novel.