CV Highlighting Communications/Writing Skills
Philip Uko Effiong

Philip U. Effiong                                                                                                                         


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  • Equipped with international exposure

  • Widely published writer across multiple genres

  • Committed to excellence in research and information dissemination

  • Fluent in English and West African Pidgin with basic understanding of Ibibio and Ibo



  • Research & excellent communication skills

  • Writing across genres, analytical writing, creative writing, editing

  • Educator with specialty in African/African Diaspora literature & culture, multicultural literature, writing, oral tradition, drama



§  Created on-boarding document for TEOCO Corporation, Fairfax, VA, USA (2010 - 2011)

§  Developed a documentary script and four coffee table books to promote tourism in Nigeria (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

§  Researched and documented information on various themes relating to Africa for Africa Unbound, a development-focused topical magazine (2009 - 2011)

§  Supervised research on Africa as Director of Academic Research and Information at The Africa Society, Washington, DC, 2007 - 2010

§  Headed Editorial Department of Nigeria’s Presidential Research and Communications Unit (2003 - 2005)

§  Worked with the National Democratic Institute to develop a proposal for reforming the budgeting process for Nigerian lawmakers (2005)

§  Assisted with design of initial concept paper for Africare’s WISE project, which rehabilitated over 6000 vulnerable urban women (2002)

§  Published textbook, In Search of a Model for African American Drama (2000), a novel, Monty (2001) as well as articles on literature and culture in several journals and encyclopedias                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

§  Nineteen years university teaching experience



South-eastern Nigeria (March - May 2010, July 2011, May 2012, April - May 2013, April 2014)

Consultant Writer-Editor

Carried out research and developed communication strategies to promote the image, administrative achievements and economic potential of the region

  • Prepared five coffee table books showcasing progress in Akwa Ibom State

  • Wrote script for documentary on Akwa Ibom State

  • Performed voiceover for documentary on Akwa Ibom State


Africa Unbound, Arlington, VA, USA

Senior Editor, Writer & Researcher (March 2009 – 2011)

Supervised research and information dissemination on salient issues on Africa


TEOCO Corporation, Fairfax, VA, USA

Technical Writer (October 2010 – March 2011)

Prepared on-boarding document to provide information on the company’s core vision and goals


The Africa Society, Washington, DC, USA (March 2007 – May 2010)

Director of Academic Research and Information

Charged with building the organization’s research and intellectual capacity and participated in organizing media projects that highlighted and recorded economic growth in various African countries

  • Researched, wrote, and streamlined documents on the education-based goals of the organization

  • Wrote and edited concept papers for the organization, including Letters of Inquiry and proposals

  • Edited all correspondence by the Society, including web content

  • Edited all articles for the organization’s newsletter

  • Conducted research to support a series on “Presidential Tours of Africa” aired on the Travel Channel


Short-Term Writing Projects (2005 – 2006)

Consultant Writer-Editor

Wrote and edited articles for Footprint and Transport Digest magazines; edited autobiography of renowned Nigerian judge, late Justice Anthony Aniagolu


Public Communications Unit, Abuja, Nigeria (March 2003 – June 2005)

Department Head and Writer/Editor

Researched, wrote, and edited socio-political documents, which were posted on the website, and supervised the operations of the Unit’s Editorial Department.


Short-Term Writing Projects (2002 – 2005)

Consultant Writer-Editor

Wrote and edited documents for NDI, Internews (a media-based NGO), the Centre for Disease Control, USAID, Africare and the Independent Policy Group (a political think-tank)



  • (October 2006 - Present) Online English Professor, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), USA; teaching African American literature and World Drama

  • (1983 – 1998) Taught writing and literature at the Universities of Calabar, Nigeria and the following USA universities: Madison - Wisconsin; Tennessee - Martin; Newark - Delaware and Lincoln - Pennsylvania




§  Oracle Programming, Guru Software Services, Alpharetta, GA, USA (1998)

§  Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA (1994)

§  M.A. in English & Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1985)

§  B.A. in English & Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1982)



Text on African American drama, a novel and several articles on literature, culture and other social issues. 


Re-examining rarely known stories highlighting extraordinary, historical African achievements



§  “Biafran Refugees: A Tale of Endurance and Brutality,” paper presented at the Igbo Studies Conference, April 8-9, 2011, Howard University, Washington DC

§  “40 Years Later…the War Hasn’t Ended,” paper presented at the International Conference on Biafra-Nigeria Civil War: Our Stories and Lessons Learnt, 25-26 September, 2009, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

§  “A Chip off the New Block: Reinventing African Masculinity in Modern America,” paper presented at the First African and African American Studies Conference: "African Identities in the Age of Obama," 8-10 October, 2009, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia



Microsoft Word; PowerPoint; Word Perfect; Excel; Oracle 7.x, 8.x; some Web Design



Tennis, Soccer, Chess, Scrabble, Swimming, Jogging and Cycling