On Eagle’s Wings: The Story of My Life (An Autobiography) – By Prof. Obi Maduakor

April 13, 2022

On Eagle’s Wings: The Story of My Life (2022) ( ISBN 9781990604058 (softcover) is the autobiography of Obi Maduakor. It is the story of his life from the time he was born in the late 1930s until date. He is the third surviving child of his parents, Albert and Angelina Maduakor who were farmers. After his primary school education in the 1950s, his father’s relative, MC Agwu, helped him to get secondary school education. He went on to distinguished himself as a good student in both his WAEC and HSC examinations and was able to win a Nigerian Federal Government scholarship for his university education.

He was pursuing postgraduate education at the University of Ibadan in the 1960s when the Nigeria-Biafra war broke out. The war interrupted his MA programme and he went to Gabon in 1968 under the sponsorship of the Biafran government to teach English. At the end of the war in 1970, he went to the University of Leeds in England to complete his MA, and later to the University of Ottawa in Canada to do his Ph.D. in literature. Thereafter, he returned to Nigeria to teach first, at the University of Ife, and later at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. After he retired from university teaching in Nigeria in 2003, he came to Canada to continue teaching, first, at Tyndale University College, and later at Seneca College, both in Toronto.

A remarkable development in his life’s journey was his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ in 1983, which made him desire the priestly vocation. He was ordained priest in 1997 and began to enthusiastically combine his love for literature with his calling as a priest. Obi is married with three adult children and has written up to four books and published numerous scholarly articles on African literature and culture in learned journals. He is still working as a part-time professor at Seneca College, Toronto. He is so grateful to God for his numerous blessings.

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