Octavia Estelle Butler was born on June 22, 1947. She received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award. NASA named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. Read Octavia E. Butler Biography.
Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, born 28 April 1931, Anambra, Nigeria, was one of the foremost Nigerian writers. Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike died at the age of 88. He wrote From Toads for Supper, his first work published in 1965, The Naked Gods (1970), The Potter’s Wheel (1973), Sunset at Dawn (1976), Expo ’77 (1980), The Bottled Leopard (1985), Our Children Are Coming (1990) among others. Who is Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike? Read Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike Biography and Profile.
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Novelist, Nigerian Author, wrote the Things Fall Apart, was born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe on November 16, 1930, in the Igbo town of Ogidi in eastern Nigeria. Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe died on March 21, 2013, at the age of 82, in Boston, Massachusetts, after a brief illness. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe Biography and Profile.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on January 3, 1892, to Arthur Tolkien and Mabel Suffield Tolkien. He was a major scholar of the English language, and also wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories, which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien Biography and Profile.
Tunji Olaopa, born 20 December 1959, Oyo State, is a Nigerian political scientist and public administrator. Olaopa is a recipient of many honours and awards including the 2012 Dr. Kwame Nkrumah African Distinguished Public Service Order of Merit Award; the 2015 National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award. Tunji Olaopa Biography and Profile.
Rod McKuen was born April 29, 1933. Rod McKuen, a successful poet and songwriter in the late 1960s and 1970s. McKuen was twice nominated for an Oscar — in 1970 for the song “Jean” from the Maggie Smith film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” and in 1971 for original song score of the Peanuts movie “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” His song “Seasons in the Sun,” to music by Jacques Brel, hit the top of the charts in 1974. Though recorded by McKuen, the hit version was by Canadian singer Terry Jacks. Rodney Marvin McKuen Biography and Profile.
Chika Okeke-Agulu is an Igbo-Nigerian artist, curator. His awards include: Honorable Mention, The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication (triennial) Award (Arts Council of African Studies Association, 2017), Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts (The College of Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2016), The Melville J. Herskovits Prize for the most important scholarly work in African Studies published in English during the preceding year (African Studies Association, 2016). Chika Okeke-Agulu Biography and Profile.