Okello Oculi

By Okello Oculi

For Mwalimu Nyerere

You came on a laughter
winds blowing

Opening windows in our eyes
and history rushed in
till Mandela walked.

When you look over winds
Keep laughing at us
so we can hear tomorrow.

Copyright © 2000 Okello Oculi.
All rights reserved.

Okello Oculi is the author of:
1976--Kookolem. Nairobi: Kenya Educational Publishers. (novel). Malak. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. (dramatized poetry)
1972--Kanta Riti. Kampala: Uganda Publishing House. (novel)
1969--Prostitute. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. (novel)
1967--Orphan. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. (dramatized poetry)


Biographical information


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1972 – 1977: University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ph.D., Political Science
1967 – 1968: Essex University, England. M.A. Thesis: "A Theory of Secession"
1964 – 1965: Stanford University (Exchange Student)
1963 – 1967: University of East Africa, Makerere College, Uganda. B.A.



1994 Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy. 28th. September – 20th. October)
1972 – 1977: Rockefeller Foundation Scholar, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
1967 – 1968: Commonwealth Scholar
1963 –1967: Uganda Government Scholar, University of East Africa, Makerere.




Academic Appointments
1992 –1996: Principal Research Fellow, Center for Social and Economic Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

1977 – 1990: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

1969 – 1971: Tutorial Fellow, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.


Professional Associations

Association of African Political Science – Founder

Nigerian Political Science Association

African Studies Association

Association of Nigerian Authors

International Peace Research Association


Elected Offices

1986 – 1988: University Senate (Ahmadu Bello Univesity) – Member

1983 – 1986: Executive Committee, International Peace Research Association


Other Academic, Administrative and Professional Duties

1995 – 1997: Policy adviser and assistant to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria.

1977 – 1988: Seminar Coordinator, Department of Political Science,Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

1981 – 1983: Chairman, Founding Committee of New Vision. Newspaper published by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ahmadu Bello University Branch.

1986 – 1988: Elected member of the University Senate, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

1977 – 1990: Founder and director of annual dramatized simulation of summit conferences of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

1981 – 1990: Founder and coordinator of Amina Forum, a Leadership Training Project for female students at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.




2000 Discourses on African Affairs. Trenton, NJ.: Africa World Press.

1987    Food and the African Revolution. Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Bookshop.
1987 Nigerian Alternatives. Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Bookshop.

1985    Rural Underdevelopment in Nigeria, 1900-1980. Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Department of Political Science Seminar Series, Volume 2. Contributing editor.

1986 A Political Economy of Malnutrition, Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Press.

1984 With Alkassum Abba et. al., eds., The Nigerian Economic Crisis: Causes and Solutions, Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Bookshop.

1981    Health Problems in Rural and Urban Africa. Zaria, Nigeria: Ahmadu Bello University Press.


Chapters in Books

1990 "The relevance of the of the uses of power in Ancient Egypt." In A. Ayoade, ed., Traditional African Political Systems, Centre for Black Civilization, Lagos.

1987 "Green Capitalism in Nigeria." In Paul Lubeck, ed., The African Bourgeoisie: Capitalist Development in Nigeria, Kenya and the Ivory Coast. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 167-184

"Drought in Nigerian Agricultural Policies, 1900-1980." In T. Edoh and S. Mohammed, eds., Nigeria: a Republic in Ruins. Zaria: Gaskiya. 238-253.

"Imperialism and Area Studies." In Y. Barongo, ed., Political Science in Africa. London: Zed Press.


1990 "Classical and colonial cultures in Africa and the problem of democratic politics," Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences, Vol.11, No.1, June. 1-12.

1989 "Mao, Cabral, and Che Guevara and The Trial of Dedan Kimathi," Kuka, June. 16-24.

"Ancient Egypt and Africa’s search for KA MAAT," Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 2, December. 1-13.

1987 "The politics of literature for African children," Progress, No. 5, 26-41

"Debt violence against the Third World", International Peace Research Association Newsletter, April. 10-12.

"Liberation Anthropology and the Song of Lawino," Saiwa: Journal of Communications, No. 2. 10-24.

"The concept of power in the Beautiful Ones are Not Yet Born", Saiwa, No.1. 26-29.

1984 "Multinationals in Nigerian Agriculture," Review of African Political Economy.

1984 "Overcoming the backwardness of African Political Science," Studies in Politics and Society, Issue No. 1, April, pp. 45-51.

"Planning the Bakolori Irrigation Project", Food Policy, Vol.6, No.3, August, pp. 201-204.

"Food imperialism and African diplomacy in the 1980s," Africa Development. 15-28.

"Dependent food policy in Nigeria," Review of African Political Economy, No.15/16, May-December. 63-74.


1998 "Aso Rock and Two Elders," Soundings: Journal of Politics and Culture, Issue 9, summer, p.73 (poetry).

"Promises," Soundings: Journal of Politics and Culture, Issue 7, Autumn, pp. 78-79. (poetry)

"Work," The Realto, No. 37, Spring and Summer, pp. 20-21 (poetry).

"Love," London Magazine (poetry).

1988 "Song of eggs," The Black Scholar. Special Literary Issue, edited by Jayne Cortez, Vol. 19, Nos. 4&5, July/August-September/October, p.18.

1980 "The Return" and "The Cross of Death," in David Cook & David Rubadiri, eds., Poems from East Africa, Heinemann, London, pp.122-123.

1976 Kookolem. Nairobi: Kenya Educational Publishers. (novel)

Malak. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. (dramatized poetry)

1972 Kanta Riti. Kampala: Uganda Publishing House. (novel)

1969 Prostitute. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. (novel).

1967 Orphan. Nairobi: East African Publishing House. (dramatized poetry)


In Circulation

Songs for the sun in us. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers (poetry, forthcoming).

"The Obasanjo factor in Nigeria’s presidential election primaries," Africa Today. (forthcoming).

"Migration, Pan-Africanism and discourses on the African condition," Arewa: Journal of Arewa House, Vol 1, No.1. (forthcoming).

"Nigeria’s Women and Power for Development"

Power in African Literature

Leadership in African Political Thought:W.E.B Dubois, Mwalimu Nyerere, Amilcar Cabral and Ibrahim Babangida


General articles: Newspapers, Magazines and Others

2000. "Decade of African Tourism," Crystal, March, p. 51.

1977 From 1977, I have been a regular contributor (articles and opinion pieces) to the following international and Nigerian newspapers and magazines: West Africa, Le Monde Diplomatique, Africa Events, The Guardian, The Sunday Guardian, The New Nigerian, The Sunday New Nigerian, Today, Abuja Mirror, Vanguard.



2000 Policy Initiatives (15 documents) for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Policy Unit, November 1999- May 2000.

Presidential system of government and policy-making processes: implications for Nigeria, Worldwide Conferences, London/Lagos, 28th. March.

Strategic policy development under presidential system of government, Worldwide Conferences, London/Lagos, 22 February.

Proposed pro-women amendments to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, The National Center for Women Development, Abuja, Nigeria. 13th. January.

1999 Communication Focus: VSO Nigeria, Voluntary Service Overseas, London. (Interviews with 12 volunteers located in 8 states in Nigeria). October-November.

1998 - 1999 Papers for select African diplomats in Abuja:

    "On Nigeria’s current transition to democracy."

    "Shifting postures not interests in Nigeria’s December 5,1998 elections."

    "Foreign policy and Nigeria’s 1998/99 electoral politics."

    "The Obasanjo factor in Nigeria’s presidential election campaign."

1998 "Broadcasting and the promotion of peace in Africa." Paper commissioned by the National Broadcasting Commission , Abuja for Africast 98.



2000. "Challenges for Democracy in Nigeria." Department of African Studies, Howard University, Washington, DC. May 9.

"Who is Ken Saro-Wiwa?" Sankofa Video and Bookstore Meet the Author Series, Washington, DC. May 6.

"Political Science and Women Development: A Nigerian Narrative." Symposium in honor of Professor Crawford Young, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison. April 14-16.

1999 Paper, "History and Literary Imagination." African Literature Association Conference, Fez, Morocco. March

1989 Paper, "W.E.B. Dubois and African Liberation Movements." African Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. November. This paper was also presented to the Department of African American Studies, University of Connecticut at Storrs. November, and the Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Presentation, "Nigerian students and politics in Nigeria." Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison. November.

1982 Discussant, Plenary Session in honor of Immanuel Wallerstein, John Paden, at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the African Studies Association, ASA Conference, Washington, D.C. November.

Presenter, Plenary Session on African Literature. 25th Anniversary celebration of the African Studies Association, ASA Conference, Washington, D.C. November.


        Introduction to African Politics
        Introduction to African Strategic Studies
        The Politics of Area Studies: East and Central Africa
        Advanced Public Administration
        Comparative Health Policy Analysis: USA, Cuba, China and Nigeria
        Post Graduate Seminar on Political Economy


        The Comparative Dynamics of Representational Relations Between Elected Officials and their Constituents: Nigeria and the USA.
        Socio-Economic Impact of Irrigation Projects
        Health Policy Analysis
        Agricultural Policy in Nigeria
        Traditional Cultures of Power



Professor Crawford M. Young
Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin Madison
Wisconsin, 53706,U.S.A.

Professor Mbye Cham
African Studies Department, Box 231
Howard University
Washington, D.C. 20059

Dr. Haruna Sanusi
Director of Finance and Supplies
Federal Ministry of Education
Abuja, Nigeria.