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us: Beier, Ulli


  • [It is now generally accepted that Obotunde Ijimere was a pen name of Ulli Beier]

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    • us: Beier, Horst Ulrich
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    • found: Author's Art in Nigeria, 1960.
    • found: Omoluabi, c2003: t.p. (Ulli Beier) p. 11 (b. 1922 in Glowitz, Germany; former director of Iwalewa Haus, Center for African Studies, in Bayreuth; living in Sydney, Australia since 1997)
    • found: German Wikipedia WWW site, Apr. 5, 2011 (Ulli Beier; b. Horst Ulrich Beier, July 1922, Glowitz, Landkreis Stolp, Pomerania [now Główczyce, Poland]; d. Apr. 3, 2011, Sydney; German author, linguist, and editor)
    • found: Info. converted from 678, 2012-10-27 (b. 1922)
    • found: Wikipedia WWW site, Nov. 2, 2012 (Ulli Beier; b. July 30, 1922; d. Apr. 3, 2011; German Jewish editor, writer and scholar; pioneering role in developing literature, drama and poetry in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea)
    • found: African studies review, Apr. 1979: article by Oyekan Owomoyela on "Obotunde Ijimere, the phantom of Nigerian theater" (since his debut on the Nigerian theatrical scene, Ijimere has been attended by enough contradictions and inconsistencies to arouse the suspicion of serious scholars about the authenticity of his name and biography; Yoruba scholars especially would immediately recognize the name Obotunde as meaning "monkey has returned" and ijimere as the name for Pataguenon monkeys; in the blurb on his first book (1966), Ijimere is said to have been born in 1930 in Otan Aiyegbaju, a Yoruba town, later joining Ulli Beier's extramural workshop in Oshogbo where Beier persuaded him to write in English rather than in Yoruba; in "Born with the fire on his head" (1967), the only new information in his brief biographical note was "Obotunde Ijimere is the pen-name of the author"; it is significant that the only source for all information about Ijimere was Ulli Beier and, since supposedly joining Ulli Beier at Oshogbo in the 1960s, he had always and exclusively operated in tandem with Ulli Beier)
    • found: Leeds African studies bulletin, Dec. 2011: obit. by Eckhard Breitinger of Bayreuth African studies (Ulli Beier, died 3 April 2011 in Sydney, Australia, aged 89; the last 25 years were divided between Bayreuth, Oshogbo and Sydney; two aspects of Ulli Beier's activities are hardly ever mentioned - as photographer, his photos are a unique documentation of the dignitaries, artists, intellectuals, and commoners in the Nigeria of the 1950 and 60s, and he was also involved in theatre and radio drama as script writer, director, and translator; play scripts were translated from Yoruba into English, German into Yoruba, Yoruba into German; under the pen name Obotunde Ijimere, he produced the highly successful Obatala plays)
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    • [It is now generally accepted that Obotunde Ijimere was a pen name of Ulli Beier]
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    • 1979-08-15: new
    • 2013-10-11: revised
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