Greg Mbajiorgu

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Greg Mbajiorgu
BornMay 24, 1964 (1964-05-24) (age 58)
Ihiala Local Government Area in Anambra State, Nigeria
💼 Occupation
Senior Lecturer, playwright, actor, director, solo performer, mono dramatist

Greg Mbajiorgu born Gregory Nnamdi Mbajiorgu on May 24, 1964. He hails from the Igbo community of Umueze in Ihiala Local Government Area, Anambra State; a Nigerian mono dramatist, solo performer, environmental poet and playwright. He has to his credit plays, dramas and poems centered on issues such as the water crisis in Igbo land, climate change and the effects of plastics on the environment.[1][2][3]

Mbajiorgu, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has written the plays Hands of Fate[4], Wota na Wota, Wake Up Everyone[5], The Prime Minister's Son[4]. His poem Plastics, Plastics Everywhere: a collection of poems on plastic and plastic related issues[6] was published in March 2020.

Personal life and education[edit]

In 1975, after attending Port Harcourt Primary School, Rivers State, Mbajiorgu went to College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu. He went on to acquire a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (1990). He obtained his M.A. (Theatre Arts) at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria in 2002. He is happily married with three children. He currently resides at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Writing Career[edit]

The Turkish-Nile University Abuja held an international conference in his honour in May 2014, captioned 48 years of solo performing arts in Nigerian theatre with reference made to his solo play The Prime Minister's son published in 1991.[7] His efforts at starting conversations about water scarcity in local communities birthed two books: Wota na Wota in 2003 and Water Testaments in 2008[1]. Mbajiorgu also co-edited a golden jubilee text titled "Songs of Gold" celebrating fifty years of the writings of J. P. Clark-Bekederemo.[8] Wake Up Everyone he published in 2011 was written to analyse the challenges of climate in Nigeria for African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), Nairobi, Kenya.[9] His unpublished play on the electricity crisis in Nigeria Towards a New Dawn was performed for the then president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.[10]


  • Hands of Fate (play), Enugu: Snaap Press ltd, 2000.
  • Wota na Wota (play), Enugu: Snaap Press Ltd; 2003, 2006.
  • Beyound the golden prize (play), Ibadan: Kraft books, 2013, ISBN 978-91811-0-0
  • The Prime Minister’s Son Ibadan: Kraft books Limited, 2011, ISBN 978-91803-4-9
  • Wake Up Everyone Abuja: Palace Press Ltd 2014, ISBN 978-91800-5-9
  • Dancers from Africa, Enugu: Snaap Press Ltd, 2015.
  • Plastics Everywhere—Poetics of Environmentalism and the Paradox of Our Polymer Age, ISBN 978078573234-2


  • Audience and the Solo Actor: A Preview of Audience Engagement Techniques Employed by Solo Performers[11]
  • Betty Okotie and the Birth of Solo Production in Post-Colonial Nigeria[12]

Academic works about his writings[edit]

  • J.O ILE - Nile Journal of English Studies, 2016[13]
  • B Binebai - AFRREV IJAHA: An International Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2015[14]
  • E Aniago - Agathos, 2018[15]
  • N.O Eze - The Environmental Crunch in Africa, 2018 - Springer[16]
  • E.E Uzoji - 2016, Playing Earth: Eco-Pedagogy in Nigerian Drama[17]
  • C.C Igboayaka - The Creative Artist: A Journal of theatre and Media Studies, 2018[18]
  • N.O Eze -Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013[19]
  • G Mbajiorgu - OGIRISI: a New Journal of African Studies, 2009[20]
  • G Mbajiorgu - Journal of Pan African Studies, 2018[21]

Awards & Honours[edit]

  • Achievers Award by society of Theater Artists, SONTA[22]
  • Africa Solo Awards, ASA[23]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Literature AND Poetry : Badr bin Abdul Muhsin Al Saud, Christopher Mwashinga

Other articles of the topic Literature : Animesh Sharma, Nissim Mannathukkaren, The Bad Guys (book series), Gerard McKeown, Jerry D. Thomas, Gar Oo Noon Ko, Sylvain Fort

Other articles of the topic Poetry : Flame (rapper), KJIVA, Aruni Kashyap, Jasimuddin, Jean-Pierre Tardif, Tomás Cohen, Abdul Baqi Al-Omari

Other articles of the topic Africa : African Stand, List of hotels in Lesotho, Mozambique–Spain relations, African Computer Society, Berber separatism in North Africa, Ethiopian Beauty Queens, Index of Namibia-related articles

Other articles of the topic Nigeria : Iya Gbonkan, List of hotels in Port Harcourt, Cross River Hub, Abasiama Idaresit, Blossom Ozurumba, Ibrahim Adetola-Kazeem, Makurdi kidnapping

  • List of Nigerian writers
  • List of African poets

Notes and references[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1
  3. Uzoatu, Uzor Maxim (2020-08-26). "It's A Plastic World -". The NEWS. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  4. 4.0 4.1's_The_Prime_Minister's_Son
  5. "Drama and the Politics of Climate Change in Nigeria: A Critical Appraisal of Greg Mbajiorgu's Wake up Everyone | Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities".
  6. "It's a Plastic World -". 26 August 2020.
  7. name="auto">"Nigeria: Celebrating 48 years of solo drama | Premium Times Nigeria". February 7, 2014.
  8. Songs of gold: fresh perspectives on Clark : 50 floods of the writings of J.P. Clark-Bekederemo: 1961-2011. April 1, 2011. OCLC 828633406 – via Open WorldCat. Search this book on Logo.png
  10. "Theatre Review: Nigerian Power Sector Reform Begets a Play". 14 November 2010.
  12. "JPAS - Journal of Pan African Studies".
  14. Binebai, Benedict (October 27, 2015). "Mono Drama: Categorization and Theoretical Scaffolds in the Universe of Africa". AFRREV IJAH: An International Journal of Arts and Humanities. 4 (3): 134–145. doi:10.4314/ijah.v4i3.11 – via
  16. Eze, Norbert Oyibo (April 12, 2018). "Challenging Impediments to Climate Change Initiatives in Greg Mbajiorgu's Wake up Everyone". In Abbink, Jon. The Environmental Crunch in Africa: Growth Narratives vs. Local Realities. Springer International Publishing. pp. 269–286. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-77131-1_10. ISBN 9783319771311 – via Springer Link. Search this book on Logo.png
  17. Uzoji, Emmanuel Ebere (April 12, 2016). Playing Earth: Eco-Pedagogy in Nigerian Drama (Thesis). University of Jos – via
  18. Igboayaka, Chiamaka Cynthia (May 15, 2018). "THEATRICAL INITIATIVES AND THE CONCEPT OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT IN NIGERIA". The Creative Artist: A Journal of Theatre and Media Studies. 11 (2) – via
  20. Mbajiorgu, G. (April 12, 2009). "Improvisation As A Strategy For Inventing Dynamic Solo Plays: A Study Of Tunji Sotimirin's Molue". OGIRISI: A New Journal of African Studies. 6: 93–104. doi:10.4314/og.v6i1.52337 – via
  22. " | SONTA Awardees 2013".
  23. "ASA was born to awaken the sleeping theatre — Agoma". 27 April 2019.

External links[edit]

Official Website: Category:1964 births Category:Living people

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