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Interview with Tess Onwueme

Tess Onwueme


"I was born the first child of struggling teenage-parent-squatters in tumbledown Isale Eko, Old Lagos, Nigeria. From the time I was four years old, my young father ‘deposited’ Mama with my two siblings and me at his parents in the delta village, before he escaped by boat to England to study law. – Tess Onwueme

"The triumph of stumbling, falling, surviving, living, and rising through it all, not only prods me on, but also assures that I stand, tall; even taller than I am––striding high with my life’s calabash-full of water balanced on my head (and no shaking!); knowing that with the healing grace of the Almighty, I have been through so many thorny hills and valleys before." – Tess Onwueme


Biography; Literature; Women; Writers; Politics

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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