Ile-ife, Osun, Nigeria
In 1979 Osonye Tess Onwueme received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and a Master of Arts degree in 1982.
Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
In 1987 Osonye Tess Onwueme obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Benin.
(This anthology of plays by Tess Onwueme, one of the brigh...)
This anthology of plays by Tess Onwueme, one of the bright new literary artists in contemporary drama, allows a glimpse into the lives of the people of Onwueme's native Nigeria and reveals the range and beauty of Nigerian culture. At the same time, Three Plays sheds light on the reality of the human condition and the conflicts that arise between the individual and society.
(Shakara dance-hall queen is a gripping drama on the strug...)
Shakara dance-hall queen is a gripping drama on the struggle for identity, power and control, engulfing mothers and daughters in a modern city that is sharply split between the rich and the poor. How do these mothers and daughters cope in a world, where their very survival is constantly challenged by the unyielding social and economic forces? Stay tuned for Shakara!
(The play is set in the metaphoric state of Hungaria. Nagg...)
The play is set in the metaphoric state of Hungaria. Nagging questions and concerns fuel the struggles of rising militant and radicalised women and youths in a dramatised revolutionary struggle for change and challenge to tradition. The relegated women take centre-stage to air their grievances and project their cause to the international community in an effort to destabilise the multinational forces and class interests which have oppressed them for so long. They ask, how long can a people whose land produces the richest oil and gas resources, which control local, national and foreign interests, continue to exist in silence, abject poverty and hunger, and sugger acute fuel, water and electricity shortages?
(Renowned playwright Osonye Tess Onwueme's powerful new dr...)
Renowned playwright Osonye Tess Onwueme's powerful new drama illuminates the effect of national and global oil politics on the lives of impoverished rural Nigerians. What Mama Said is set in the metaphorical state of Sufferland, whose people are starving and routinely exploited and terrorized by corrupt government officials and multinational oil companies-that is, until a voice erupts and moves the wounded women and youths to rise up and demand justice. What Mama Said is a moving portrayal of the battle for human rights, dignity, compensation, and the right of a nation's people to control the resources of their own land.
(This drama presents a group of highly talented, educated,...)
This drama presents a group of highly talented, educated, but unemployed youths who feel wasted and betrayed by a government and society, telling them that in order to be gainfully employed they have to get an education and acquire relevant skills. They find that after the hard earned degrees their country shows neither the required interest nor plan to offer them any viable means of livelihood. Worse still, the industries and jobs have disappeared and migrated overseas as the government leaders collude with their powerful business allies to control and exploit the available cheap labor abroad for their own maximum profit. The disenchanted youths finally mobilize into an improvised camp to evolve radical strategies for changing the untenable social condition. But they soon discover that the promised road to change is littered and marked with chronic frustration and betrayal even from within their own camp as they struggle with these stark realities.
In 1979 Osonye Tess Onwueme received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and a Master of Arts degree in 1982. In 1987 she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Benin.
From 1980 to 1981 Osonye Tess Onwueme was an assistant lecturer in English at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). From 1982 to 1987 she worked as an assistant professor of English and head of performing arts program at the Federal University of Technology in Owerri, Nigeria. From 1986 to 1989 Onwueme served as an associate professor of English at the Imo State University (now Abia State University) in Okigwe, Nigeria, and a head of performing arts unit from 1988 to 1989. From 1988 to 1991 she was a member of national advisory board of the United Black Artists.
From 1989 to 1990 Osonye Tess Onwueme was an associate professor of Africana studies at the Wayne State University. From 1990 to 1993 she was an associate professor of English and multicultural literary studies at the Montclair State University. From 1992 to 1993 Osonye served as an associate professor at the Vassar College. In 1994 Osonye was appointed a distinguished professor of Cultural Diversity and professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
In 2007 the United States State Department appointed her to the State Department Public Diplomacy Speaker/Specialist Program for North, East and West India with the mandate to make friends for America. The 2009 Tess International Conference, which was exclusively devoted to Tess Onwueme's creative work, followed the prestigious Fonlon-Nichols award to her in Vermont, United States, in 2009. In October 2014, she received the rare commendation with Declaration of a Proclamation in her honor by members of the Wisconsin State Senate/Legislature and the University of Wisconsin to mark the Tess Onwueme Archival Collection at the University of Wisconsin.
(This drama presents a group of highly talented, educated,...)2005
(This anthology of plays by Tess Onwueme, one of the brigh...)1993
(Shakara dance-hall queen is a gripping drama on the strug...)2000
(Renowned playwright Osonye Tess Onwueme's powerful new dr...)2004
(The play is set in the metaphoric state of Hungaria. Nagg...)2003
Osonye Tess Onwueme is a member of the Pan African Writers Association, of the Black Theatre Network, of the Organization Women Writers of African Descent, of the African Literature Association, of the African Studies Association, of the International Women Playwrights Association, of the Pen International Writers Association, and of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
Osonye Akaeke married Inno C. Onwueme, a professor. On October 3, 1997, they divorced. On May 8, 1998, she married Obika Gray, a professor. Osonye has five children from her first marriage: Kenolisa, Ebele, Kunume, twins Bundo and Malije.