Uzor Maxim Uzoatu is a Nigerian poet and playwright. He directed his first play, Doctor of Football, in 1979 before graduating in Dramatic Arts from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) with Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Prize-winner, as Head of Department. Uzoatu also holds a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of Lagos. He started out as a communal theatre director before venturing into journalism and was the 1989 Distinguished Visitor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He was nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2008 for his short story “Cemetery of Life” published in Wasafiri magazine. He wrote the narrative for Scottish photographer, Owen Logan’s picture book, Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria, exhibited at STILLS, Scotland’s Centre For Photography, Edinburgh, from August 1 to October 26, 2014. He is the author of the collection of poetry God of Poetry published by New Gong Publishers, Nigeria, in 2006. His other play is A Play of Ghosts published by Konk International, Nigeria, in 1989. His creative non-fiction book, How Not to Be a Nigerian, was published by New Gong, Nigeria, in 2020.

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