Author Profile: Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Uzoatu,  who was born in 1960, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and a master’s from the University of Lagos. But his interest in writing preceded those academic accomplishments and stayed with him.

Upon leaving the university, it was to journalism that Uzoatu took after an initial stint as a school teacher and rural theater director. He was one of the founding staff of The African Guardian magazine and later ThisWeek magazine, both in Lagos, where his unique, rousing prose style was the toast of his editors and fellow reporters alike. At home in every subject, Uzoatu also raised the bar in sports reporting, with one of his reports used as a comprehension passage in the English text used by secondary schools across Nigeria.

In 1989 he was named the Distinguished Visitor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Western Ontario, Canada, where he spent some time imparting his journalism knowledge to an eager faculty. Back home in Nigeria, he managed to find time in between his journalism practice to write a novel, The Missing Link, while at the same time penning prodigious amounts of poetry.

Some of his best poems have found their way into the volume titled, The God of Poetry, published by The New Gong. Uzoatu is also a contributor to The New Gong Book of New Nigerian Short Stories, which captures the short prose of a generation of the best known Nigerian writers.God of Poetry is a complete celebration of language mastery and poetic artistry. Rebellious verse.