Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Donatus Ibeakwadalam Nwoga



The late Donatus Nwoga was a Professor of African Literature and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Donatus was the Secretary of the Planning and Management Committee of the former Eastern Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (1970); member of the Board of the former East-Central State Broadcasting Corporation (1974-76); member of the former East-Central State Library Board (1975-76); and former member of Imo State Library Board (1977-79).

Ibeakwadalam passed the Cambridge School Certificate Examination in Division One, with exemption from matriculation in 1950; he passed the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examinations in English Literature, Latin and Ancient History at a sitting, with exemption from Inter B.A. of the University of London In 1955; and in 1960, when he obtained his Bachelor's degree from the Queen's University of Belfast, he won in the same breath the highly coveted "High Graham Mitchell Bursary" for the pursuit of the M.A. degree which he accomplished in 1962; and within the three following years, he combined full-time teaching at the University of Nigeria with dogged working for the PhD degree of the University of London and obtained it in 1965.

Professor Nwoga who hailed from Mbaise in Imo State died in 1991.

19 comments:

Denis Mahaffey said...

I was a student with Donatus Nwoga in the late Fifties at Queen's university in Belfast, and he even published two poems of mine in the first ever issue of "Gorgon" (a simple typewritten affair). I remained friends with him when we studied in London, then lost touch. There was always a fear that he had perished in the Biafran war, and it is wonderful, through this blog, to hear of his successful and influential career. I retain the memory of a very friendly, funny person. My last meeting with him was in a small restaurant in London, where each of us polished off the chicken meat on our plates, then Donatus chewed up the bones, before my admiring eyes !
I am sorry to learn of his death.

Njideka said...

He is my admirable uncle and his death still remain irrepairable. when we were small,once he visits home , he goes around to see people and no matter how small you are, he will remember your name, ours is a very large family. All the children in the compound will gather and follow him around. We miss him. He was one of the best of his time, one of the first Nine professors in Nigeria.He was writing the Igbo Dictionary when he died and that project died with him. He was Gem.

ifastudent said...

Thanks but could you please describe Nwoga's professional academic achievements beyond his academic qualifications? What about a bibliography?If you would like help on this,please let me know.I can help,though not immediately.
thanks
toyin

uzo ejekwumadu said...

Mbaise nwere madu. He was an intelectual colosus, inspiration to many and tirlessly worked for the development and promotion of Igbo literature and language. As a primary one pupil, I read his text book for our Igbo language class. As a secondary school boy I read his Ahiajioku lecture series on Igbo culture and cosmology and as an adult I still appreciate the scholastic legacy he left behind. We the Igbos owe him and his like a measure of gratitude for their contributions in the preservation of those pristine Igbo cultural values. Udongalasi !! Though you can not answer the call of the Ikoro any more,we shall not forget you. Continue to sleep peacefully with the Ancestors.

NWOGA LIZZY said...

Dee Dee m Dona as he was fondly called, was a great uncle to me, though was very much younger when he died. you will forever be remembered for your good attitude, acceptance and appreciation. you are always there for us, both for the young and old, despite the largeness of the family you knows every body by name,and always ready to listening. we miss you, you are dead but your memories will always live with us.

karen davidson said...

Did your uncle tell you about his time in Belfast at queend university. I would like to talk to you about him my name is karen

karen davidson said...

Would you please contact me about your uncle. I live in Ireland and would love to talk to his family about his time here.

karen davidson said...

I would like to know if your uncle ever talked about his time in Belfast at Queens university or told you anything about 1958

karen davidson said...

Did he ever tell you or did you know what took place in 1958

karen davidson said...

Did your uncle ever tell you about his time in Belfast at Queens university and an event that took place in November 1958

Denis.Mahaffey said...

Donatus and I were students together in Belfast, and were closest 1957-59. If I can help you...

karen davidson said...

Is there a way we can chat private please this is very important to me

karen davidson said...

I am not sure as to how i can send private
message I don't know if you have my email address from these posts all help would be eternally grateful

SanChi Media said...

cneonlinemedia@gmail.com is our official email. I know the Nwoga family well.

Chikere (Publisher)

Anonymous said...

My mother Winsome knew Donatus' brother Innocent well back at Queens University -is he still around?

karen davidson said...

I know nothing of his family. I am trying to get information about him now i have my uncles name if your mother has any information would she be willing to talk to me about my father Donastus.

karen davidson said...

I am trying to trace my fathers family and I will try to look for innocent also. Would your mother have any information that could help me please

karen davidson said...

I have found my siblings 5 brothers and a sister from the late donatus I am the eldest and proud to have them in my life now rip dad and sorry we never met x

karen davidson said...

I am happy to say I have found my siblings 5 brothers and a sister I am just sorry I never met my father the late and great Donatus Nwoga God keep you safe in his arms x