Philip Effiong II Website
Nigeria & Biafra: My Story
By General Philip Effiong

Fragments From Here & There
Post Biafra Experience in Ivory Coast & Ireland
Presentation at National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland, 2010
A different Nonprofit Concept
My Curriculum Vitae
Memorable Meetings
Images of Biafra
Remembering Biafra
Now You Know...
Stories that Redefine Africa
About Me
Biographical Sketch
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 2006.  I am still writing but also started teaching at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2006.  My areas of specialty are literature, writing, drama, 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 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.

Also featured in this website are paintings by my older brother, Valentine Efiong, a professional artist based in Amsterdam, Holland. To view  his artworks, simply click on the link, "Valentine's Artworks" to the left of this page.

I hope you find time to visit other Nigeria-related websites cited under "Favorites," also to the left of this page.
Access my publications at Publications & Awards or
My Publications
Childhood Photos
Priceless Photos
More Priceless Photos
Valentine's Artworks
In  memory of Philip Efiong I
(1925 - 2003)
My Books
Nigeria Online
Connect To Other Nigerian Sites
Remembering Chinua Achebe
(1930 - 2013)
Publications &  Awards
Photos From My School Days
More School & Post School Photos
Remembering Ime Ikiddeh
(1938 - 2008)
Archived Messages
Get Current Time with World Time Server
Enter a country or city:
Empowering Young People to Own Their Economic Success
Providing aid to Africa since 1970
Hobbies & Interests
Friends &Family
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,  Do you know WHO I AM?  Nigeria's Cult of Bigmanism.  This, and another novel manuscript, Memoirs 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 publisher.

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 watchwords.

I consider it a privilege to have travelled to parts of Europe, West Africa, East Africa and the USA.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to visit 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 themes.

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.
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 little girls.  They are eleven, nine, and six.  My wife, a naturalized American, originally comes from the eastern Ibo part of Nigeria. My son and first child, Noah, lives with his mother in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jesus Christ remains my ultimate friend.  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, a Special Advisor to the Governor of the Cross River state of Nigeria.  He is also my in-law.  Boss Mustapha is another trusted friend who I look up to as an examplary  father-figure and spiritual model.