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Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo is an MFA student at Western Connecticut State University. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. He worked as a reporter for many years in Nigeria, Europe, and North America. He is a columnist for New York based African Abroad newspaper and Houston based Class magazine. His columns appear in many journals including ThisDay, Champion, USAfricavoice, Africa Vibe, Vanguard, and Independent. For five years, he was a columnist for Nigeriaworld.com. His syndicated columns can be read at kwenu.com and Nigeriavillagesquare.com.

His short story, Phantom of the Python, and A kernel for a Fowl are parts of Author-me.com African Author 2006 and 2008 volumes respectively. His poems are part of the upcoming new Nigerian Poetry anthology, On Broken Wings. His short story, Dr. Emenike, is part of the upcoming anthology, Biafran Babies, edited by Obiwu. His compilation of short stories, My Husband’s Wife & Other Stories is slated for publication in the spring of 2008.

He is currently working on a movie, THE LAST AFRICAN VIRGIN. His first book, CHILDREN OF A RETIRED GOD was published July 1, 2006. He is also the founder of Iroko Productions LLC and the Olaudah Equiano Prize for Fiction.
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Top Ten Surprises Awaiting John McCain at google.com

It is okay to have a president of the United States of America who does not know how to drive. But to have one that does not know how to use the internet? Now that is a disaster in the making- for the country as well as the president.

What is surprising is that John McCain was still a young 70 year-old man when Al Gore, then a colleague of his in the senate, invented the internet.

Accepted, he got scared like many when told at the early years of the internet that you must… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Two People I would like to Cut off their Nuts

By now you must have read that the Civil Rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson said he would want to cut off Barack Obama’s nuts for talking down on black people. Rev. Jackson considers any attempt to remind black folks to take care of their kids and family and stop depending on Jackson and Al Sharpton as talking down on black people. If that was not shocking enough, he was also reported to have used the N-word. In his angst, Jesse Jackson called black people nigga.

Very interesting. I… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 2:16pm — 2 Comments

In Search of Prophet Muhammad’s Picture

If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him - James Baldwin

One of the reasons why Children of a Retired God did not win awards was my decision to exclude the piece, In Search of Muhammad’s Picture.

Just before the Danish cartoons emerged, I had given up the fight to include the piece if that would help get the editors to agree.… Continue

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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At 1:41am on May 30, 2008, Justin said…
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