Dr. Tess Onwueme

Africa’s best known female dramatist, Dr. Tess Onwueme’s provocative and humorous writing and speaking, often poke into taboo and controversial subjects, which reveal the untold hidden stories of young women and the poor, who are caught in various crossfires with family, tradition, race, class, gender, culture, and politics. But then, they still remain unheard in today’s stampede for money and power in the contemporary global community as exemplified in her award winning play, Shakara Dance Hall Queen, scheduled to kick off the BBC World Drama Service international Features. Since joining the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Wisconsin as a Distinguished Professor of Cultural Diversity and Professor of English after her years of teaching in both Nigerian and American universities, Dr. Onwueme continues to serve as a role-model for women and youths, through her inspirational writing and speaking that are steadily shaping and transforming public consciousness of issues impacting black women and youths in postcolonial societies today.

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