One of the earliest among practicing modern African poets and a most unorthodox one-time novelist, Gabriel Imomotimi Gbaingbain Okara was born in Bumoundi, Ekpetinma Clan in Yenogoa Local Government Area of Rivers State in the Ijo country of the Niger Delta in Nigeria on 24 April 1921. He was educated at St Peter’s and Proctor’s Memorial School (1926-1935) and later at the Government College of Umuahia and at Yaba Higher College, along with his contemporary T. M. Aluko. When World War II broke out, he joined the British Airways before being transferred to the Gambia.

Upon returning to Nigeria, he turned to book-binding, journalism, and occasional writing, which was rewarded by the first prize in the British Council …

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Zabus, Chantal. "Gabriel Okara". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2010
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