USAfrica names Okey Ndibe African Writer of the Year 2014


USAfrica names Okey Ndibe ‘African Writer of the Year 2014’

Special to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at , and
Houston, Texas, December 28, 2014: The international multimedia networks and public policy organization, USAfrica, has named Okey Ndibe, prolific commentator, professor of English/African Literature and author of the highly-acclaimed 2014 novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., as the African Writer of the Year 2014.
A statement issued from Houston, Texas, by the Founder & Publisher of USAfrica and the first African-owned, U.S.-based professional newspaper published on the internet,, Dr. Chido Nwangwu, notes that “the trinity of Okey Ndibe’s contributions as a critical commentator, a first-rate scholar and a novelist validates USAfrica editors’ decision to recognize his outstanding skills. The riveting testimonial to his creative capacities is fresh and evident in Foreign Gods, Inc., which I had the privilege of reading in its advance/pre-publication galley in 2013.”
The novel tells the engaging story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian, college-educated cab driver who undertakes a trip to his natal hometown in order to steal the statue of an ancient war deity and sell it to an arts gallery in New York City.
According to USAfrica founder, Dr. Nwangwu, “Foreign Gods, Inc. continues to draw warm reviews for the author who holds the inept or corrupt Nigerian political class in contempt. Prof. Ndibe began his journalism career in Nigeria, but relocated to the US in 1988 to serve as the founding editor of the defunct African Commentary magazine (co-owned by the great writer Prof. Chinua Achebe). Ndibe has written commentaries on diverse topics, including corruption, failure of public/governmental agencies, Biafra, youth unemployment, religious hypocrisy and exploitation, and the abuse of female students by male lecturers in Nigerian colleges and universities. He has served since 1995 as a contributing editor of USAfrica (print) and He also writes for the Daily Sun newspaper (Lagos) and, from 2006, for”
Ndibe, who earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, is the author of another novel, Arrows of Rain, and co-editor (with Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove) of Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa.Arrows of Rain was first published in 2000 in Heinemann’s African Writers Series. Soho Press (New York) will release an North American edition of the novel on January 6, 2015. Ndibe, who has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College (New London), Trinity College in Hartford, Simon’s Rock College (in Great Barrington, Massachussetts), and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright lecturer), is currently working on a series of memoir vignettes titled Going Dutch and other American Mis/Adventures.

USAfrica — with almost 23 years of professional journalism and multimedia publishing business from its headquarters in Houston, Texas — has been acclaimed by the CNN, The New York Times, international scholars and public policy leaders as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks.
See related poem of January 1, 2014, titled: Okey Ndibe’s skills will kiss global success in 2014.

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Forthcoming 2017 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”


He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela.

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet; CLASSmagazine,, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.         e-mail: wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary, exclusively, at


USAfrica: BOKO HARAM’s latest killings sharpen divide for security team at Nigeria’s presidency. By Chido Nwangwu


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Margaret Thatcher, Mandela and Africa.  By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet Click for newscast video of London-based SkyNEWS, the global, 24-hour British international tv network’s interview with USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu on April 11, 2013 regarding this latest commentary )


There’s a compelling political trinity to Nelson Mandela: the man, the messiah and the mystique.




USAfrica is an international multimedia company, founded since 1992 by Dr. Chido Nwangwu [author of Mandela & Achebe: Leadership, Identity and Footprints of Greatness], with its headquarters in Houston, Texas. Also, he established the 1st African-owned, U.S.-based professional newspaper published on the internet, both assessed by the CNN and The New York Times as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks. USAfrica’s first print edition of USAfrica magazine published August 1993; USAfrica The Newspaper on May 11, 1994; The Black Business Journal in 1998; CLASSmagazine on May 2, 2003; PhotoWorks.TV in 2005, and several platforms and products. is powered by the global resources of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, CLASSmagazine.TV, PhotoWorks.Tv, USAfrica.TV,, and

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  1. Congratulations, Prof!

  2. Great writer and clearly one of the best in the business. He sure deserves the great honor. Congrats to the one and only Okey Ndibe. I throw my salute, Sir.

  3. Chido Nwangwu, you are a real gem. Thanks for capturing Okey Ndibe’s success on your special day. Happy birthday Sir!

  4. He deserves it. I just finished reading the book – a sad Nigerian story told with elegance, humour and simplicity.Despite being thorouhly entertained, I felt angry and depressed at the end. More effective than all the theses on the Nigerian problem.

  5. Huge congrats, Okey!

  6. Congrats!! We will celebrate when you come to Drexel!

  7. Here is to wish you every blessing that life could offer. Happy birthday Chido

  8. Congratulations to my very good friend

  9. Brother Okey Ndibe, congratulations on your award. Truly Deserving.

  10. The stars are truly aligned. No one can stop the rain. Professor okey Ndibe is a profound scholar, who is constantly traveling the world speaking truth to power, challenging impunity and all those in our world who abuse the people’s trust and profit from their poverty and pain. Our world is a better place because Okey Ndibe lives in it.

  11. Congratulations nwannem! More power to your arm.

  12. How wonderful–congratulations!

  13. Okey Ndibe, you did it again. Congratulations!

  14. John, it’s a blessing to count Ashley, you and the rest of the family as friends. Rudolf, daalu!

  15. Happy Birthday bros, God is not done yet.

  16. Congrats, my main man. An extraordinary human being. And Chido, nice gesture.

  17. What an honor, Okey!! Many congratulations from our family.

  18. Well deserved, many congratulations!

  19. Okey Ndibe is a man who is very passionate about leadership credentials and good governance in his fatherland, Nigeria. His writings are constantly springled with concerns for tomorrow in Africa and the ways out of this quagmire. As a writer, he is a citizen of the world. This is an honour and recognition well deserved for the man of letters who is Proudly African

  20. Not surprised at all. It’s been long overdue…but all the same, it’s here. Congrats Prof..

  21. Happy birthday to the former Students Union Secretary Geneneral in the Lion’s den. Chido, it’s your day. Enjoy it

  22. Congrats prof Okey. I missed your recent series in Abuja and Awka

  23. To put pen on paper is challenging and to put pen on paper convincingly is evidence of courage. Congratulations Okey. To Chido may your shadow never grow less.

  24. Okey Ndibe Okey Ndibe Agujiegbe And pen. Congratulations!!!!

  25. Well deserved. Congratulations Okey.

  26. I agree, Chido. Once again, congratulations, Okey. I wish you many more regocnitions, and acclades ahead!!

  27. Congratulations Prof. Okey Ndibe!

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