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Name

Prof. Grace Eche Okereke

Department

English & Literary Studies

Designation

Professor

Email

[email protected]


About Prof. Grace Eche Okereke

Prof. (Mrs.) Grace Eche Okereke is a Professor (2006) in Department of English and Literary Studies, UNICAL. She obtained her B. A. (Hon) degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1978) and M. A. (1985) and Ph. D. (1992) degrees from UNICAL. Prof. Okereke was Head of Department from 2000 to 2002. She has won several awards for academic excellence and service to God and humanity. These include Best Student Award at UNN (1976), Rockefeller Scholar-in-Residence at Howard University, Washington, DC., U.S.A. (1994-1995), Best Female Lecturer Award (2004), Prolific Writing Award (2006). She has supervised 13 M. A. and 13 Ph.D. dissertations. Prof. Okereke has produced several Professors as a lecturer in the past 35 years in UNICAL. She has attended many conferences in the United States and in Nigeria, and is one of the organizers of her Departmental conference - ICALEL - for over 30 years. She has published 40 articles in books and journals and is an editor of several scholarly journals in her area. She is presently researching on Gender Dialogism in the African Novel.


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OKEREKE, Grace E. (2018).“The Impact of Feminism and Gender Consciousness on African Literature”. Abuja Journal of Gender Studies and Youth Advancement. 1.1&2:168-185.
OKEREKE, Grace E. & Itang E. Egbung (2016). “Parental Control and the Child’s Quest for Freedom in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”. CALEL: Currents in African Literature and the English Language. VII: 88-97.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2014). “African Feminist Dialogics: Gender and Multi-Dimensional Politics in Selected African Novels” CALEL: Currents in African Literature and the English Language. IX: 19-36.
OKEREKE, Grace E. and Itang E. Egbung (2014). “Significant Others, Family Responsibility and the Freedom of the African Child in Tsitsi Dangaremgba’s Nervous Conditions”. Mediterranean Journal of Social Science. 5, 20: 2059-2066.
Egbung, Itang and Grace E. OKEREKE (2009). “Education as an Equalizer: A Study of Bessie Head’s Maru and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions”. CALEL: Currents in African Literature and the English Language. 6:47-56.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2005). “Language, Gender and Cultural Literacy in Selected Novels of Chinua Achebe and Elechi Amadi” CALEL: Currents in African Literature and the English Language 3.1:27-40.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2004). “Orality, Gender Vocality and Female Revolt in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions”. CALEL: Currents in African Literature and the English Language 2.1:64-73.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2003). “Gender Literacy for Survival in Africa: The Triple Gender Agenda”. Journal of Applied Literacy and Reading. 1.1: 63-67.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2003). “Rupture in Ideological and Narrative Continuity in Zaynab Alkali’s The Stillborn and The Virtuous Woman” Uyo Journal of Humanities. 8:236-247.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2001). “Gender Disparity in Socio-Economic Empowerment in Selected Novels of Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta”. The Paragon: A Journal of National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS). 1.1:79-88.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2001). “Literacy for the Education of the Nigerian Child in Select Children’s Fiction”. Education for Today: Journal of Faculty of Education. 2.1 & 2:131-143.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2001/2002). “Education as a Colonial Heritage and the Nigerian Woman in Literature”. LLC: Language, Literature and Communication. 2.1 & 2: 131-143.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2000). “Feminist Consciousness in Flora Nwapa’s One is Enough”. JOWSA: Journal of Women’s Studies in Africa, 94-101.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (2000). “The Role of Literature in Raising Women’s Consciousness towards Transformation in Nigeria”. Ndunode: Calabar Journal of the Humanities, 3.1:79-84.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1997). “Language, Gender and Access to Politics, in Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah and Buchi Emecheta’s Destination Biafra”. CAJOLIS: Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies.4.1:93-100.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1997). “The Journey as Trope for Female Growth in Zaynab Alkali’sThe Virtuous Woman”. CALEL: Currents in African Literature and the English Language. 1.1:91-102.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1996). “Woman’s Quest for Autonomy in Zaynab Alkali’s The Stillborn”. UFAHAMU: Journal of the African Activist Association XXIV, II & III: 97-120.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1995). “Samuel Selvon’s Evolution from A Brighter Sun to Turn Again Tiger: An Expansion of Vision and a Development of Form”. Tiger’s Triumph: Celebrating Sam Selvon. Kunapipi, 35-50.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1995). “Gender Politics and the Independent Woman in Buchi Emecheta’s Double Yoke”. Journal of the Third World Spectrum. 2.2:83-98.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1994). “The Birth Song as a Medium for Communicating Woman’s Maternal Destiny in the Traditional Community” RAL: Research in African Literatures Special Issue: Women as Oral Artists 25.3:19-32.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1994). “Commitment to the Feminist Ideology in the Novels of Buchi Emecheta”. Ndunode: Calabar Journal of the Humanities. 1.1:80-92.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1993). “Literacy as a Redemptive Factor in Nigerian Politics in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah” Literacy and Reading 6:431-444.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1991). “The Philosophy of Moderation: Children in Traditional Igbo Society in Selected Novels of Achebe, Munonye and Nwapa”. EJOLLS: Ekpoma Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 4:45-59.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1990). “The Nigerian Rural Heritage: Prospects and Challenges for the General Studies Programme”. CAJOLIS: Calabar Journal of Liberal Studies. 2,1 :109-115.
OKEREKE, Grace E. (1989). “The Many Faces of Neo-Colonialism in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood and Devil on the Cross”. Literature and National Consciousness. Ed. Ernest Emenyonu. Ibadan: Heinemann. pp. 138-149.

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ICALEL, University of Calabar, 1st - 4th May, 2018 – ICALEL @ 25 – Celebrating Ernest Emenyonu, Professor Emeritus of English and Literary Studies and Father of ICALEL.0018-05-012018-05-04
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 3rd - 6th May, 1988-“Wole Soyinka’s Message of Truth: Aspects of Corruption in The Interpreters”. “The Philosophy of Moderation: Children in Traditional Igbo Society in Selected Novels of Achebe, Munonye and Nwa0988-05-031988-05-06
Annual International Conference on African Literature and the English Language (ICALEL), University of Calabar. 12th - 15th May, 1987 “The Many Faces of Neo-Colonialism in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood and Devil on the Cross”, “Anti-C1987-05-121987-05-15
General Studies Conference. University of Calabar, 17th - 19th August, 1988 – “The Nigerian Rural Heritage: Prospects and Challenges for the General Studies Programme”.1988-08-171988-08-19
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 2nd - 5th May, 1989 – “The Nigerian Civil war and the Female Imagination: A Study of Buchi Emecheta’s Destination Biafra”.1989-05-021989-05-05
West African Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (WAACLALS) Conference, University of Calabar. 16th - 19th May, 1989- “Radicalism in the Image of Women in the Novels of Chinua Achebe and Flora Nwapa”.1989-05-161989-05-19
First Zonal Workshop of Communication Skills Project (COMSKIP) University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 15th - 18th August, 1989.1989-08-151989-08-18
First National Workshop of COMSKIP, University of Ibadan, 10th - 13th April, 1990.1990-04-101990-04-13
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 1st - 4th May, 1990 – “Zaynab Alkali’s Feminist Vision in The Stillborn”, “Teaching Use of English in Nigerian Universities: The Unical Experience”.1990-05-011990-05-04
“Eagle on Iroko”. Achebe Symposium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 11th - 15th June, 1990 - “Speech as Index of Woman’s Self-Concept in Chinua Achebe’s Novels”.1990-06-111990-06-15
Literary Society of Nigerian (LSN) Conference. University of Jos. 21st - 24th August, 1990 – “The Evolution of the Nigerian Feminist Novel”.1990-08-211990-08-24
Second Zonal Workshop of COMSKIP, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 8th - 11th October, 1990.1990-10-081990-10-11
Mini Workshop of COMSKIP, University of Calabar, 8th - 11th October, 1990 – I was a resource person and handled the topics – “Needs Analysis” and “New Teaching Methods”.1990-10-081990-10-11
Second National Workshop of COMSKIP, University of Jos, 22nd - 26th April, 1991.1991-04-221991-04-26
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 7th - 10th May, 1991 – “Children in the Nigerian Feminist Novel”.1991-05-071991-05-10
WAACLALS Conference, University of Calabar, 11th – 14th June, 1991 – “The Birth Song as a Medium for Communicating Woman’s Maternal Destiny in the Traditional Community”.1991-06-111991-06-14
Nigerian Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes (NALEAP) Conference, University of Port Harcourt, 13th - 16th August, 1991 – “Teaching EAP – Based Use of English: Implications and Prospects”.1991-08-131991-08-16
First International Conference on Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD): Bridges Across Activism and the Academy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 5th - 8th May, 1992 – “Education as a Colonial Heritage and the Nigerian Woman in Literatur1992-05-051992-05-08
18. ICALEL, University of Calabar, 3rd - 6th May, 1994 – “Language as Index of Female Space in Flora Nwapa’s One is Enough”.1994-05-031994-05-06
Black History Month Lecture, Howard University, Washington D. C., USA, 21st - 24th February, 1995 – “The Child in the Igbo Cultural Psyche”.1995-02-211995-02-04
Symposium on Gender, Cultural Production and Development in Africa, Howard University, Washington D. C., USA, 7th - 10th March, 1995 – “African Feminist Dialogic: Gender and Political Space in Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savnnah and Buchi E1995-03-071995-03-10
African Literature Association (ALA) Conference, Ohio State University, 7th - 10th March, 1995 – “Language, Gender and Political Space in Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah and Buchi Emecheta’s Destination Biafra”.1995-03-071995-03-10
Scholarly Authority and Intellectual Production in African Studies Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 11th - 14th April, 1995 – “The Politics of Intellectual Production and the Constraints Confronting the Africa-based F1995-04-111995-04-14
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 6th - 9th May, 1997 – “Orality, Gender Vocality and Female Revolt in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions”.1997-05-061997-05-09
NAWACS Conference, University of Calabar, 4th - 7th April, 2000 – “Gender Disparity in Socio-Economic Empowerment in Selected Novels of Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta”.2000-04-042000-04-07
Gender Conference, University of Port Harcourt, 2nd - 5th May, 2000 – “The Role of Women in Trade Unionism in Nigeria”.2000-05-022000-05-05
RAN Conference, Polytechnic Calabar, 9th - 12th April, 2002 – “Gender Literacy for Survival in Africa: The Triple Gender Agenda”.2002-04-092002-04-12
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 7th - 10th May, 2002 “Rupture in Ideological and Narrative Continuity in Zaynab Alkali’s The Stillborn and the Virtuous Woman”.2002-05-072002-05-10
Professor Dele Orisawayi’s Pre-Retirement Conference, University of Calabar, 10th - 13th August, 2004 – “Language, Gender and Cultural Literacy in Selected Novels of Chinua Achebe and Elechi Amadi”.2004-08-102004-08-13
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 3rd - 6th May, 2011, “Reconfiguring the Igbo Woman in Akachi Ezeigbo’s The Last of the Strong Ones”.2011-05-032011-05-06
African Literature Association (ALA) Conference – Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 12th - 15th March, 2013 – Paper presented with Itang Egbung “Significant Others, Family Responsibility and the Freedom of the African Child in Tsitsi Dangarembga2013-03-122013-03-15
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 7th - 10th May, 2013 – Lead Paper “African Feminist Dialogics: Gender and Multi-dimensional Politics in Selected African Novels”.2013-05-072013-05-10
ICALEL, University of Calabar, 6th - 9th May, 2014 – “Widowhood and Survival in a Patriachal Nigerian Environment in Imelda Udoh’s Fruiting in the Desert of Widowhood”.2014-05-062014-05-09
1st National Conference on Gender Studies, University of Abuja, 18th - 21st October, 2017 – Lead Paper “The Impact of Feminism and Gender Consciousness on African Literature”.2017-10-182017-10-21