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Biography
Onuekwuke Nwazulu Sofola was born on June 22, 1935, in Issele-Uku, Delta State, Nigeria to Nwaugbade Okwumabua and Chief Ogana Okwumabua. View More

Date & Place of Birth:
June 22nd, 1935 in Issele-uku, Delta State, Nigeria
( www.issele-uku.org/home.htm)

Date & Place of Death:
September 5th, 1995 in Washington, D.C., USA

Marital Status:
Married to Professor J. Adeyemi Sofola (link to his picture) on June 4th, 1960, in Washington, D.C., for 35 years. He died on February 6th, 1995. Their marriage produced five children.

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Education:
Primary:

The Federal Government Primary School, Asaba, Nigeria.

Secondary:
American Baptist Girls’ High School, Agbor, Nigeria; completed her High School in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Under-graduate:
Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Received a B.A. (Cum Laude) degree in English, 1959.

Post- graduate:
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA. Received an M.A. degree in Drama (Playwriting & Production), 1966.

Doctorate:
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Received a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts (Tragic Theory), 1977.

Academic Career:
Lecturer (part-time), Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, USA (1965-1966).
Lecturer (part-time), English Dept., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (1968-1969).
Teacher, Yejide Girls’ Grammar School, Ibadan, Nigeria (1968-1969).
Lecturer & Coordinator, Adult Education Extra Mural Program, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, (1968-1972).
Lecturer; Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (1972-1983).
Department Head & Senior Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria (1983-1995).

Professional Awards:
Member, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society ,for Academic Distinction.
Recipient, Men & Women of Distinction, by The International Biographical Society, Cambridge, England.
Prize for ‘Wedlock of the Gods’, Black Culture House, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Recipient, The World Who’s Who of Women in Education, by The International Biographical Society, Cambridge, England.
‘King Emene’, Translated into Norwegian and produced for Radio, Oslo, Norway (1978).
Ford Foundation Fellow for Ph.D. Research.
Recipient, Fulbright Scholarship, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, USA (1988).
Recipient, Literary Award of the International Book Fair of the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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Plays:
17 Plays
15 Published Plays
Other manuscripts discovered at time of death.

First Play Produced:
The Disturbed Peace of Christmas, staged at Yejide Girls’ Grammar School, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1968.

First Play Published:
The Disturbed Peace of Christmas, Daystar Press, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1968.

Other Notable Interests:
A devout Christian.
A keen Pianist and Musician.
Choir Director at All Soul’s Church, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria from 1979 to 1983.
All Soul’s Voices, a record album of sacred music. Arranged and conducted by ‘Zulu Sofola, 1984.
Choir Director, Mount Olive’s Church in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria from 1983 until her death in 1995.