Dr. Osonye Tess Onwueme
Playwright   Novelist   Scholar   Cultural Activist   International Speaker   Performer

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"Tess is a rare jewel in this country..." - Dr. K. Kendall, Smith College, MA.

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Exalted New Post / Fonlon Nichols Prize / My Work Is Larger Than Any Female Ideology 

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Tess Onwueme, Writer On The World Stage With Acclaimed International Authors

Tess Onwueme will speak at Rationalist International Conference

Tess Onwueme will be a distinguished speaker at the Rationalist International Conference in Helsinki, and a cruise to Tallinn on 29th and 30th September 2018.

She will attend the whole conference and join the participants on the cruise.

Tess is a multiple award-winning playwright, poet, novelist and eminent University Professor of Global Letters at the University of Wisconsin, USA. A 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Nominee, Tess Onwueme won the Fonlon-Nichols Prize in Literature (2009), the Phyllis Wheatley Distinguished Writers Award for Black Writers at the Harlem Book Fair (2008), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Writers/Scholars Award (1989/90), the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Drama Prize respectively won with Then She Said It! (2003), Shakara : Dance-Hall Queen (2001), Tell It to Women (1995) and The Desert Encroaches  (1985). 

Among her other creative publications are: The Missing Face (2002); No Vacancy (2005); Legacies (1989); The Broken Calabash (1984); The Reign of Wazobia (1989; 2014); Why the Elephant Has No Butt  (2000); and What Mama Said (2004). 

In 2007 Tess was appointed by the US State Department to the State Department Public Diplomacy Speaker/Specialist Program for North, East and West India. Her plays have featured in international academic and public stages in India, Sudan, Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout Africa. 

Tess Onwueme’s creative works are unique and priceless contributions to the development of contemporary World Literature, Drama, Critical Studies on Women, Gender, Race, Class, Socio-Political, Africana, Diaspora and Cultural Studies. 

Born on September 8, 1955, the mother of five children is from Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State, Nigeria.

The participants of the Rationalist Conference 2018 will get the opportunity to meet, listen and interact with Tess Onwueme.

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