|Fragments From Here & There
Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Uko Effiong and I am
originally from Akwa Ibom State in southeastern Nigeria. After
teaching in the university for over ten years, I worked as an Oracle
Programmer and then as a full-time writer and editorial consultant
from late 1998 to 2015. I returned to university teaching as an online
professor at the University of Maryland where I taught until October
2016. In the fall of 2016 I also taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta
and in January 2017 will start teaching at Michigan State University in
East Lansing. My areas of specialty are literature, writing, drama, the
oral tradition and cultural studies. Click on the "Biographical Sketch"
link to the top left for more details on my bio-data.
Ater spending almost five years in Abuja, Nigeria (January
2001-December 2005) my family relocated to and resided in Fairfax,
Virginia, USA. In July 2011 we would again relocate to Nairobi, Kenya
after my wife was appointed Junior Achievement President for the
Africa Region. In 2014 we moved to Accra, Ghana before returning
the US in 2015.
I hope you find time to visit other Nigeria-related websites cited under
"Favorites," also to the top left of this page.
I belong to a large family. My father, a former Major General in
the Army, is from Akwa Ibom State in the southeastern part of
the country. My mother, who is part Scottish, comes from Delta
State in the midwestern region of the country. I have three
brothers and four sisters. There is a twenty-six year difference
between the first and last siblings in my family, both women.
I am also married with three daughters -- Imaeyen, Amaeka and
Idara. Imaeyen started attending the University of Tampa in
August 2016 where she is studying graphic arts and film. Her
younger sisters attend middle and high school in Michigan. My
wife originally comes from the eastern Ibo part of Nigeria and is
an assistant dean at Michigan State University. My son and first
child, Noah, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.
Jesus Christ remains my ultimate friend and leadership icon. My
greatest human friends, however, are my wife, Chinwe and our
daughters, Imaeyen, Amaeka and Idara. One of my most trusted
friends is Iyam Ugot,who is also my in-law. Boss Mustapha is
another trusted friend who I look up to as an exemplary
father-figure and spiritual model.
Hobbies & Interests
I love to write. Two of my books--a novel and a textbook on African-American Drama--are
currently in print. You can access these texts through this site. Just click on the "My
Books" link at the top left. In early 2011 I completed another novel, Morning Song and
Mildew, which is currently under consideration for publication. Earlier, in 2008, I completed
a social satire manuscript, Bigmanism: Nigeria's Personality Cult. This, and another novel
manuscript, Diaries of a Housegirl, are also under review by potential publishers. My latest
manuscript. Biafran Boy (completed 2011), documents my recollections of the
Nigeria-Biafra Civil War as a child (1967-1970). This work is also being reviewed by a
Aside from writing, I also love to fish and engage in other sporting events like basketball,
ping pong, tennis, soccer and volley ball. Fitness, cleanliness and godliness are some of my
I consider it a privilege to have travelled to and lived in parts of Europe, West Africa, East
Africa and the USA. Though I've passed through the Cayman Islands, Haiti and Jamaica, and
spent a week in Dubai, I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time in Asia
and the Caribbean. Travelling has to be one of the best forms of education and enlightenment.
I love the thrill of indoor games like scrabble, chess, taboo and pictionary.
My favourite movies are classics, comedies and those that cover historical and mythical
If you are boring and cannot hold a good conversation, I would have problems getting along
with you. Vanity and a poor sense of humour are also a turn-off for me.
On the whole, and in spite of my failures, I am grateful to God for a productive and fulfilling
life. I look forward to many more fruitful years.
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|Playing Lysander in Shakespeare's A Midsummer
Night's Dream, University of Wisconsin - USA