|About Philip Effiong II:
Chronology Of Important Dates
|1983-1988: I am awarded a Graduate Assistant position at the University of Calabar, where I teach the Use of
English. I am also awarded a scholarship by the University to pursue a Masters degree.
1985: I am awarded a Masters degree in English and Literature. I am promoted to Assistant Lecturer.
1988: I am awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a degree in Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin,
1994: I am awarded a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama.
August 1994: I move to Martin, Tennessee, where the University of Tennessee at Martin has offered me a teaching
job as Assistant Professor. I teach writing, literature, and drama.
September 4 1994: My son, Noah, is born.
January 1996: I reconnect with an old friend, Chinwe Okoro. Our friendship builds into a strong relationship. Later
that year I propose to Chinwe.
May 1997: I relocate to Newark, Delaware, to be with Chinwe who I would be marrying a month later.
June 21 1997: Chinwe and I are wedded at Victory Christian Fellowship, Newark, Delaware.
|November 5: Born fifth child to Major General Philip Efiong and Josephine Efiong, in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.
1961-66: Early growing up in Lagos, western Nigeria, former capital of Nigeria.
1965: Attend kindergarten at Army Children's School, An Barracks, Lagos. Interrupted by coups and political crisis in
1966: Family relocates to Enugu, eastern Nigeria because of continuation of crisis.
1967: I attend Sancta Maria briefly in Enugu, where I am an Elementary One pupil. Interrupted by Civil War.
May 30, 1967: Declaration of the State of Biafra.
July 1967: Outbreak of Nigerian-Biafran Civil War. We end up in the seceding Biafra faction. Because the family is
constantly on the move, we live in the following towns and cities throughout the conflict: Enugu, Ikot-Ekpene, Umuahia,
Ifakala, and Owerri.
Early 1970: My mother; me; my older brother, Charles; my younger brother, Francis; and my cousin, Ime, depart
Biafra for SÃ£o TomÃ© and Portugal, en route to the Ivory Coast.
January 15 1970: My father issues the formal surrender on behalf of Biafra. The Civil War comes to an end.
|Aprilil 24 1970: My younger sister, Philippa, is born in the Ivory Coast.
Mid-1970: Charles and I, at age eleven and nine, are sent to Ireland as privileged refugees to further our education.
Armed with instructions, we make the trip on our own.
December 1970: Charles and I, among a group of other Biafran refugees, return to Nigeria.
1971-72: I complete Elementary Five through Six at All Saints Primary School, Enugu.
1973-77: I attend Secondary School at Holy family College, Abak, in present Akwa Ibom State, southeastern Nigeria.
I receive my West African School Certificate (WASC).
1978: I am admitted into the University of Calabar in present Cross River State, southeastern Nigeria, to study
English and Literature.
1982: I graduate from the University of Calabar with a Second Class (Upper Division).
1982-83: I serve under the National Youth Service Corps programme in the former Ogun State, western Nigeria. I
teach English at Government Technical College, Igbesa. Later, I am redeployed to the southeast where I end up
teaching English and literature at my former secondary school, Holy Family.
|September 1997: I officially resign my position at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Fall 1997-Spring 1998: I teach drama and writing at the University of Delaware, Newark, as Adjunct Professor, and
at Lincoln university, Pennsylvania, as Visiting Assistant Professor.
June 1998-August 1998: I attend an Oracle course at Guru Software Services, Alpharetta, Georgia, and receive a
diploma in Oracle programming.
September 7 1998: Our (Chinwe and I) first child is born. We name her Imaeyen Chinanu. Imaeyen means "beloved"
while Chinanu means "God answers prayers."
November 1998: I begin working for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Rockville, Maryland.
May 1999: My family relocates to Silver Spring, Maryland.
August 1999: Chinwe starts working for Africare, Washington DC.
October 13 2000: Our second child is born. We name her Amaeka Chinemerem. Amaeka means "the love of a mother"
while Chinemerem means "God blesses me."
December 2000: Chinwe is posted to Nigeria as Country Representative of Africare. University Press of America
releases my first book, In Search of a Model for African American-Drama.
January 2001: Chinwe and our daughters relocate to Nigeria.
February 2001: I sell our home at Silver Spring.
March 2001: First Books Library releases my first novel, Monty.
April 2001: I relocate to Nigeria to join my family.
August 2001: First Books Library releases my second novel, Give Me Words, I'll Fly (this work has been taken off the
shelf and is being revised).
March 2002: My third novel, Here Comes the Judge is accepted for a publication deal that had to be eventually
annulled. The work is now being considered for a fresh publication contract under a new title, Morning Song and Mildew.
2002 Ending: I complete the draft of another book manuscript. It is a work of social satire titled, Do you know WHO
I AM? Nigeria's Cult Of Bigmanism. This work was a finalist in the 2004 African Writers Endowment book competition.
March 2003-June 2005: I take up appointment as Consultant Editor for the Public Communications Unit, State House,
Abuja. I also serve as Head of Department of the Unit's Editorial Department.
April 2003: I complete the draft of another book manuscript. It is a novel titled, Memoirs of a Housegirl. This work
was a finalist in the 2004 African Writers Endowment book competition.
March 6 2004: Our third child is born. We name her Idara Chinomso. Idara means "joy" while Chinomso means "God is
close to me."
June 2005-May 2006: I am Consultant Editor and Writer for the National Democratic Institute, African Access, and
one of Nigeria's premier Supreme Court Judges, Justice A.N. Aniagolu.
December 2005: My family and I relocate to Fairfax, VA, USA, from Nigeria.
March 2006: I complete the draft of my most recent book manuscript. It is a memoir titled, Biafran Boy. (Later
that year the manuscript receives Honorable Mention at the West Virginia Writers Competition.)
2006: Most of the year I work as an independent consultant writer, editor and researcher.
October 2006: I start teaching in the English Department of the University of Maryland - University College.
March 2007: I am appointed academic consultant for a Non-Governmental Organization in Washington, DC.
2008-2010: I continue to consult for The Africa Society and teach at the University of Maryland - University College.
I revise my manuscript, Do you know WHO I AM? Nigeria's Cult Of Bigmanism.
April-May 2010: I write a coffee table book and prepare a documentary script for Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
June 2010-July 2011: I remain on the faculty of the University of Maryland - University College.
July 2011: My family and I relocate to Nairobi, Kenya, after my wife, Chinwe is appointed President of Junior
Achievement for the Africa Region.
August 2011: I write a coffee table book for Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
September 2011 - Present: I remain on the faculty of the University of Maryland - University College.
2011: I revise my manuscripts, Morning Song and Mildew and Biafran Boy.
May 2012: I write a coffee table book for Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
2012 - May 2014: I write two more coffee table books for Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. I teach English to parents from
non-English speaking countries in Nairobi. I remain on the faculty of the University of Maryland - University College.
July 2014: My family relocates to Accra, Ghana.
My hobbies include indoor games like scrabble and chess. I also workout periodically and participate in sporting events
like swimming, table tennis, lawn tennis, and basketball.
(Although my family name, Efiong, is typically spelt with a single f, I have chosen to spell it with
double f to conform to the spelling in most of my documents. Spelt either way, it is the same name.)