Nigerian poet and scholar Ezenwa-Ohaeto was educated at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and the University of Benin. The author of several collections of poetry, including Songs of a Traveller (1986), I Wan Bi President (1988), and Chants of a Minstrel (2002), Ezenwa-Ohaeto was one of the first Nigerians to publish poems written in pidgin English, bringing the cadence of a primarily oral language to the page. He is also the author of Chinua Achebe: A Biography (1997). His honors include a BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award and the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Cadbury Poetry Award. A critical overview of his work, Of Minstrelsy and Masks: The Legacy of Ezenwa-Ohaeto in Nigerian Writing (2007), was edited by Christine Matzke, Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, and Geoffrey V. Davis.

Ezenwa-Ohaeto died of liver cancer in Cambridge, England, soon after arriving at the University of Cambridge as a visiting fellow in the African Studies Centre.
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