Welcome to my website. My name is Philip Uko Effiong and I am originally from Akwa Ibom State in southeastern Nigeria. After teaching in the university for over ten years, I worked as an Oracle Programmer and then as a full-time writer and editorial consultant from late 1998 to 2015. I returned to university teaching as an online professor at the University of Maryland where I taught until October 2016. In the fall of 2016 I also taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta and in January 2017 will start teaching at Michigan State University in East Lansing. My areas of specialty are literature, writing, drama, the oral tradition and cultural studies. Click on the Biographical Sketch link to the top left for more details on my bio-data.