- Category: PA 2006
PERPETUAL NGOZI EZIEFULE-EMENEKWUM was born and raised in Nigeria. She holds a MA in Literature-in-English from University of Ibadan, Oyo-State, Nigeria. Her interest in the literary arts was nurtured during her elementary education, then developed and matured through interactions with works of notable Nigerian and foreign writers and critics.
Perpetual is a performance poet and believes that whilst publishers in Nigeria may not be keen on publishing poetry, her work is brought to life on stage where she combines costume, music and dance.
In 1989, she received the Honourable Justice A.B Wali Award for Outstanding Performance in Literature-in-English and was the Airforce Secondary School Ikeja Academic Prize Winner for an Outstanding Performance in Literature-in-English. She was also the recipient of the Oyo State National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Honours Award in 1996 and 1997 and was second prize winner in Poetry “Curves of Change” at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Festival in 2000. She was awarded Professor Wole Soyinka Award for Literature in 2001 by the Solidra Awards for the Arts.
Perpetual is a seasoned writer, critic and an accomplished liaison officer in issues concerning the promotion and development of literary and cultural exchanges. In 2005 and 2006, she was delegated to represent PEN Nigeria at the Chair of the Human Rights of Writers Conference in Italy. She is currently the Head of Corporate Publicity and Programmes at the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce. She believes that: “poetry is dynamic and cannot be shackled. It is our responsibility to promote the dynamism of poetry and to entrench its relevance in our everyday life.”