One of the best known and most prolific women playwrights of African descent, Tess Onwueme has received prestigious international awards that place her among a select group of world-class writers. A playwright, scholar, activist and producer, she creates works that explore a range of social, political, historical, cultural and environmental concerns of Nigerians, specifically women, youth and people of the relegated, underprivileged and silenced have-nots, especially those of the Niger Delta and related Third World societies. UW-Eau Claire's first Distinguished Professor of Cultural Diversity, Dr. Onwueme recently was named the first University Professor of Global Letters. With her passion for drama and storytelling and her success as a scholar, Tess Onwueme is a playwright AND a pioneer.
In This Story
- Tess Onwueme
Departments + Programs
For the Media
You may also like:
Vaccinated UW-Eau Claire students eligible for scholarships, prizes
UW-Eau Claire and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation are providing about $140,000 for Vax Game 2021 to encourage students to be vaccinated.
Dmitri's Dream: Discovering the Alphabet of the Universe
Dmitri’s Dream: Discovering the Alphabet of the Universe is an interdisciplinary collaboration of UWEC faculty and students from the Arts and Sciences who are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of elements.
Preparing for a career in medicine and research
After watching her father struggle with pain from tick-borne illnesses, Muriel Metko knew she wanted a career in medicine. Her time as a Blugold convinced her to also pursue a Ph.D. so she can practice medicine and engage in research.