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Catherine Acholonu

Catherine Acholonu was born in Orlu, Imo State on 26 October 1951. She attended secondary school in Orlu. In 1977, she became the first African Woman to obtain a Master’s Degree and a PhD in 1987, both from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.

She lectured at Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.

She was the former Senior Special Adviser on Arts and Culture to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Arts and Culture, and foundation member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), was an author of international standing.

Acholonu has written a lot of books, many of which are used in secondary schools and universities in Nigeria, and in the African Studies Departments in USA and Europe.

Her works and projects were supported by United States Information Service (USIS), the British Council, the Rockefeller Foundation and in 1989 she was invited to tour educational institutions in USA, lecturing on her works under the United States International Visitor's Program.

In 1986 she was the only Nigerian, and one of only 2 Africans to participate in the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on “Women, Population and Sustainable Development: the Road to Rio, Cairo and Beijing”, which was organized jointly by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Division for the Advancement of Women, and the Division for Sustainable Development.

In 1990 Catherine Acholonu was honoured with the Fulbright Scholar in Residency award by the US government, during which she lectured at four colleges of the Westchester Consortium for International studies, NY, USA.  

She appointed the African Renaissance Ambassador by the African Renaissance Conference and Nigeria’s sole representative at the global Forum of Arts and Culture for the Implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNFAC).

 

Acholonu was listed in the International Who’s Who of World Leadership, USA; the African Women Writers’ Who’s Who; the Top 500 Women in Nigeria; Who’s Who in Nigeria; and the International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, published in Cambridge, UK.

She was the Director of the Catherine Acholonu Research Center, Abuja (CARC) where they were engaged in ground-breaking research on Africa's Pre-History, stone inscriptions, cave art, and linguistic analyses of ancient symbols and communication mediums from the continent.

One of her titles They Lived Before Adam won the USA-based International Book Awards in 2009 in the Multi-cultural non-fiction category.

Her works make a case for the re-evaluation of world history to ensure the inclusion of the contributions of the ancestors of indigenous Africa.

Non-fiction

  • Western and Indigenous Traditions in Modern Igbo Literature, 1985.
  • Motherism, The Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism, 1995.
  • The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano, 1995, revised 2007.
  • The Earth Unchained: A Quantum Leap in Consciousness: a reply to Al Gore, 1995
  • Africa the New Frontier – Towards a Truly Global Literary Theory for the 21st Century. Lecture Delivered to the Association of Nigerian Authors annual Convention, 2002.
  • The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa's Lost Civilizations, 2005
  • They Lived Before Adam: Pre-Historic Origins of the Igbo – The Never-Been-Ruled (Ndi Igbo since 1.6 million B.C.), 2009. Winner of the USA-based International Book Awards (2009) in the Multi-cultural non-fiction category.
  • The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam: Unearthing Heliopolis/Igbo Ukwu – The Celestial City of the Gods of Egypt and India, 2010

 

Fictional Works

  • Trial of the Beautiful Ones: a play in one act, Owerri, Nigeria: Totan, 1985
  • The Deal and Who is the Head of State, Owerri, Nigeria: Totan, 1986
  • Into the Heart of Biafra: a play in three acts, Owerri, Nigeria: C. Acholonu, 1970
  • Western and Indigenous Traditions in Modern Igbo Literature, 1985.
  • Motherism, The Afrocentric Alternative to Feminism, 1995.
  • The Igbo Roots of Olaudah Equiano, 1995, revised 2007.
  • The Earth Unchained: A Quantum Leap in Consciousness: a reply to Al Gore, 1995
  • Africa the New Frontier – Towards a Truly Global Literary Theory for the 21st Century. Lecture Delivered to the Association of Nigerian Authors annual Convention, 2002.
  • The Gram Code of African Adam: Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa's Lost Civilizations, 2005
  • They Lived Before Adam: Pre-Historic Origins of the Igbo – The Never-Been-Ruled (Ndi Igbo since 1.6 million B.C.), 2009. Winner of the USA-based International Book Awards (2009) in the Multi-cultural non-fiction category.
  • The Lost Testament of the Ancestors of Adam: Unearthing Heliopolis/Igbo Ukwu – The Celestial City of the Gods of Egypt and India, 2010

Poems

  • "Going Home"
  • "Spring's Last Drop"
  • "Dissidents"
  • "Harvest of War"
  • "Other Forms of Slaughter"
  • The Spring's Last Drop, 1985
  • Nigeria in the Year 1999, 1985
  • Recite and Learn – Poems for Junior Primary Schools, 1986
  • Recite and Learn – Poems for Senior Primary Schools, 1986

Drama and Plays

  • Trial of the Beautiful Ones: a play in one act, Owerri, Nigeria: Totan, 1985
  • The Deal and Who is the Head of State, Owerri, Nigeria: Totan, 1986
  • Into the Heart of Biafra: a play in three acts, Owerri, Nigeria: C. Acholonu, 1970

 

Catherine Acholonu died at the age of 62 from a year long renal failure on March 18, 2014.

 

Sources

www.faculty.ucr.edu

en.wikipedia.org