Tanure Ojaide

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Tanure Ojaide (born 1948) is a prolific Nigerian poet and writer. He is noted for his unique stylistic vision and for his intense criticism of imperialism, religion, and other issues.

Ojaide, a Ph.D., has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and also the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize (1988 and 1994).


  • Waiting for the Hatching of a Cockerel (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2008)
  • The Tale of the Harmattan (Cape Town: Kwela Books, 2007)
  • In the House of Words (Lagos: Malthouse Press Ltd., 2005)
  • I Want to Dance and Other Poems (San Francisco: African Heritage Press, 2003)
  • In the Kingdom of Songs (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2002).
  • Invoking the Warrior Spirit: New and Selected Poems (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000).
  • When It No Longer Matters Where You Live (Calabar, Nig.: U of Calabar Press, 1999).
  • Invoking the Warrior Spirit (Ibadan: Heinemann, 1999).
  • Delta Blues and Home Songs (Ibadan: Kraft Books, 1998).
  • Daydream of Ants (Lagos: Malthouse Press Ltd., 1997).
  • The Blood of Peace (Oxford, UK: Heinemann, 1991).
  • The Fate of Vultures (Lagos: Malthouse Press Ltd., 1990).
  • Poems (Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Poetry International, 1988).
  • The Endless Song (Lagos: Malthouse Press Ltd., 1988).
  • The Eagle's Vision (Detroit: Lotus, 1987).
  • Labyrinths of the Delta (New York: Greenfield Review Press, 1986).
  • Children of Iroko & Other Poems (New York: Greenfield Review Press, 1973).


  • Matters of the Moment (Lagos: Malthouse, 2009).
  • The Debt-Collector and Other Stories (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2009).
  • The Activist (A Novel) (Lagos: Farafina Publications, 2006).
  • Sovereign Body (A Novel) (Spring, TX: Panther Creek Press, 2004). Tanure Ojaide
  • God’s Medicine Men and Other Stories (Lagos, Nigeria: Malthouse Ltd., 2004)


  • Great Boys: An African Childhood (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1998). (a memoir)


  • Simon Gikandi, Encyclopedia of African Literature, Routledge, 2002