Second IRCALC Critical Supplement (A)2
series on African Writing assembles a total of 17 Critical
Essays, Chats, and Reviews on
the Poetry and Prose Fictions of Nigerian professor of dramatic literature
Onuora Ossie Enekwe.
IRCALC's literary scholar and editor of the series, GMT Emezue,
notes that this is the first collective and comprehensive criticism and
theorizing of Enekwe, whose writings have bolstered African aesthetic
contributions to world literature and theatre.
Onuora Ossie Enekwe is a
catalyst for more extensive undertakings in the criticism of Enekwe’s and other serious African writings of our time.
The Enekwe Project emerges in three major parts. The first section, Chats, is a reproduction of earlier published interactions between Enekwe himself and a few commentators on the genre. The second part, Critiques, is the longest of the three series containing objective and scholarly assessments of the merits and perceived drawbacks of Enekwe's poetry by scholars from Cameroun, Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Enekwe is compared with other contemporary African poets as Anyidoho, Ce, Ushie and Ude. The third part of the journal deals with major Reviews of Enekwe’s lesser known and other popular writings which altogether incorporate “the rhythm of our exciting but agonizingly self-destructive world.”
IRCALC scholars and participants in this 2008 Critical Supplement have excelled in their mandate to appraise the maturation of Enekwe’s craft in the selections beginning from Broken Pots and Marching to Kilimanjaro through Enekwe's more remarkable short fiction, The Last Battle, including a major reading of that important but neglected novel on the Nigerian civil war, Come Thunder, thereby expanding the latitude for historical, ideological and stylistic criticism of contemporary African writing.
Onuora Ossie Enekwe. Critical Supplement (A)2 Gmt EMEZUE (Ed) IRCALC, 2008 246 p