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Philip Uko Effiong has been teaching at the college level for over 20 years and holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his Master’s in Literature of the African Diaspora and Bachelor’s in English, both from the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

Prior to joining Michigan State, Philip taught fiction, nonfiction, drama, and writing at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; Regent University College of Science and Technology, Ghana; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; the University of Tennessee, Martin; the University of Delaware, Newark; Lincoln University, Pennsylvania; Morehouse College, Atlanta; and the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi (now University of Maryland Global Campus).

In addition to his book on African-American drama, Philip’s articles on various topics in the humanities can be found in several periodicals. His memoir, Nigeria’s un-Civil War: Memories of a Biafran Child, was published in July of 2023.

As a writing consultant, Philip has written documents covering development and healthcare for nonprofit, governmental, and business organizations. He has also worked in information technology as an Oracle programmer.

Philip is married to Chinwe Effiong and together they have three daughters; Imaeyen, Amaeka, and Idara.