Saturday, 5 July 2014

MEET University Of Nigeria 'UNN' Dropout Made A Lecturer By Hong Kong University

In 2007, Onyeka was admitted into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to study Anthropology, but he dropped out mid way. However, the 26 year old Nigerian writer and filmmaker has been appointed a visiting lecturer of African Studies at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Hong Kong.

Welcoming him, head of department, Dr. Marketa Moore said:

"Mr. Nwelue, it would be a great honour to have you as a guest lecturer in our Africa foundation course at the Hong Kong University. In this course we have over 40 students (mainly from Hong Kong but also a number of international students). They are very enthusiastic in learning more about Africa and African literature. It would be an excellent opportunity for them to have a chance to meet you and learn about your work."

According to Wikipedia., Onyeka wrote his first book, Abyssinian Boy, at the age of 18 when most of his age-mates were too busy waddling through the labyrinthine walls of puberty to sit down and pen critically-acclaimed literature, which won the T.M Aluko Prize for First Book of Fiction and came second at the Ibrahim Tahir Prize for Fiction at the 2009 Abuja Writers Forum Literary Contest.
He went on to be nominated for the Future Awards three times. To prove he was not a one-hit wonder, as most prodigies are, he followed Abyssinian Boy up with Burnt, a narrative in verse, which was published in 2014 to worldwide critical acclaim and described by British-Hungarian poet, George Szirtes as 'breathless'. Channel O has described him as 'an unalloyed genius.'

Source: SchoolAngle

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