URHOBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 BEN  OKRI


Urhobo Historical Society's immense interest in Ben Okri is homegrown. His native town of Ughelli is a major Urhobo enclave of cultural and historical significance for Urhobos. Ben Okri's family is well known to many members of Urhobo Historical Society, including its Secretary whose family has old ties with the Okri family. His secondary school experience was at Urhobo College, which was founded, built, and managed by Urhobo Progress Union, Urhobo's revered cultural organization that is associated with Chief Mukoro Mowoe, Urhobo's premier nationalist. Ben Okri's main literary characters not only bear Urhobo names, such as Omovo; in many instances, they resonate the manners, achievements, dilemmas, and failures of Urhobo culture. In Ben Okri's writings, many Urhobos see themselves fully displayed to the world by one of their own who has been endowed by the Creator with extraordinary gifts.





 
British Council
Contemporary Writers: Ben Okri


 
A BEN OKRI PAGE
By Robert Bennett

 
 MARTIN'S WINDY PAGE LISTS BEN OKRI
AMONG THIRTEEN ENGLISH LITERATURE ICONS

 
BEN OKRI 
in the University of Tennesse at Chattanooga's Catalogue

 
 BEN OKRI'S The Famished Road 
As Winner of Booker Prize

 
"TALKING WITH BEN OKRI"
A 1992 Interview With Ben Okri

 
A Nordic Perspective:
A BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY ON BEN OKRI FROM PEGASOS (FINLAND, 1999)

 


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