|Born||May 24, 1964 (age 57)|
Ihiala Local Government Area in Anambra State, Nigeria
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.
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, Wota na Wota, Wake Up Everyone, The Prime Minister's Son. His poem Plastics, Plastics Everywhere: a collection of poems on plastic and plastic related issues was published in March 2020.
Personal life and education
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.
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. His efforts at starting conversations about water scarcity in local communities birthed two books: Wota na Wota in 2003 and Water Testaments in 2008. Mbajiorgu also co-edited a golden jubilee text titled "Songs of Gold" celebrating fifty years of the writings of J. P. Clark-Bekederemo. 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. His unpublished play on the electricity crisis in Nigeria Towards a New Dawn was performed for the then president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.
- 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
- Betty Okotie and the Birth of Solo Production in Post-Colonial Nigeria
Academic works about his writings
- J.O ILE - Nile Journal of English Studies, 2016
- B Binebai - AFRREV IJAHA: An International Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2015
- E Aniago - Agathos, 2018
- N.O Eze - The Environmental Crunch in Africa, 2018 - Springer
- E.E Uzoji - 2016, Playing Earth: Eco-Pedagogy in Nigerian Drama
- C.C Igboayaka - The Creative Artist: A Journal of theatre and Media Studies, 2018
- N.O Eze -Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013
- G Mbajiorgu - OGIRISI: a New Journal of African Studies, 2009
- G Mbajiorgu - Journal of Pan African Studies, 2018
Awards & Honours
Other articles of the topic Literature : Literature, Sylvain Fort, Efe Rosario, Ritu Lalit, Palm Springs in popular culture, Guide (Adventist magazine), Ingvill Solberg
Other articles of the topic Poetry : Thi'sl, Juanita Martin, Trip Lee, Jean-Pierre Tardif, Serafim Kalliadasis, Flame (rapper), Steve Venright
Other articles of the topic Africa : 2018–2021 Arab protests, Sesemat school, Dina Fekadu, Makurdi kidnapping, Tunisian-Sicilian War, Yeresere school, Colegio Español (Bata)
Other articles of the topic Nigeria : Makurdi kidnapping, Razaq Juwon Lawal, Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph
- List of Nigerian writers
- List of African poets
Notes and references
- Uzoatu, Uzor Maxim (2020-08-26). "It's A Plastic World -". The NEWS. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
- name="auto">"Nigeria: Celebrating 48 years of solo drama | Premium Times Nigeria". February 7, 2014.
- "Songs of gold: fresh perspectives on Clark : 50 floods of the writings of J.P. Clark-Bekederemo: 1961-2011". April 1, 2011 – via Open WorldCat.
- "JPAS - Journal of Pan African Studies". www.jpanafrican.org.
- 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 – via www.ajol.info.
- Eze, Norbert Oyibo (April 12, 2018). Abbink, Jon, ed. 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 – via Springer Link. Search this book on
- Uzoji, Emmanuel Ebere (April 12, 2016). "Playing Earth: Eco-Pedagogy in Nigerian Drama" – via dspace.unijos.edu.ng.
- 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 journals.ezenwaohaetorc.org.
- 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 www.ajol.info.
- "sonta.org | SONTA Awardees 2013".
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