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The Founder


Professor Christiana Chinwe Okechukwu, Ph.D. (Founder and Centre Director) Professor is a scholar, rhetorician, poet, and novelist. She received the B.A. English and the M.A. Comparative Literature (Africa and Caribbean) degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; the M.Ed., Teaching English for Specific Purposes from the University of Exeter, Britain, and the Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric (with a focus on Rhetoric and Public Life) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She received the British Council Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship Award to work on an M.Ed. Degree on Teaching of English For Specific Purposes in 1989, a summer Hornby Trust Award to Britain in 1988, and Gani Fawehinmi to Ten Best Nigerian Final Year Secondary School Students in the Federation of Nigeria. While in Nigeria, she had coordinated the general Studies English for the former Anambra State University of Technology from 1987 to 2001.

In both Nigeria and the United States, she has taught and coordinated courses in African Literature, Caribbean Literature, Advanced Composition, Communication skills, English Composition, in colleges and Universities. Dr. Okechukwu has published prolifically: her book, Achebe the Orator: The Art of Persuasion in Chinua Achebe's Novels (Greenwood Press, 2001), received strong, positive reviews; her article Oratory and Social Responsibility: Achebe's Arrow of God was published in Calalloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters (2002); her creative writing: her poem When Your House is Burning was published in Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration; another poem, Is It Right, and two short stories, Safer Ground and Happy Survival, were published in Forced From the Garden: Poetry and Short Prose by Women (2003); her dirge, When the Vulture Is Sick, composed in honor of a fallen Igbo hero, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo (2003). Apart from publishing a scholarly book, poems in anthologies and scholarly articles, she has published a novel, The Predicament, (1998), two collections of Folktales, Folktales Among the Igbo (1997) and More Folktales Among the Igbo (1998); a novel, The Predicament (1998); a Collection of Short Stories, When Rain Beat the Cow in The Eyes (1998); a Collection of Poems, The Augean Stable; and a children's book, Tortoise, the King, and Elephant.

Inwelle Centre


Inwelle Study and Resource Centre is an African based NGO whose mission focuses on alleviating the suffering of the youth and other individuals in Africa who are seeking to acquire education and educational resources.

Established in 2005, we are a non-governmental non-profit organization committed to promoting educational, cultural, and vocational programmes, encouraging research, providing educational counseling, and encouraging creative and scholarly publishing. These we seek to achieve through providing reading, writing, and meeting rooms; providing educational resources in the nature of books, internet connection, and educational videos; designing and implementing youth programmes; organizing seminars, workshops, and conferences; and providing research materials.

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