Author birthday: June

Okot p’Bitek (7 June 1931 – 20 July 1982) was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised. Song of Lawino was originally written in Acholi language, and self-translated to English, and published in 1966. It was a breakthrough work, creating an audience amongst anglophone Africans for direct, topical poetry in English; and incorporating traditional attitudes and thinking in an accessible yet faithful literary vehicle. It was followed by the pendant Song of Ocol (1970), the husband’s reply.

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  • Victor Séjour – 2 June 1817 – died 20 September 1874
  • Cornel Ronald West – 2 June 1953
  • Dorothy West – 2 June 1907 –died 16 August 1998
  • Paulina “Poulli” Chiziane – 4 June 1955
  • Marie NDiaye – 4 June 1967
  • Dambudzo Marechera – 4 June 1952 –died 18 August 1987
  • Julian Hudson Mayfield – 6 June 1928 – died 20 October 1984
  • Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. – 7 June 1943
  • Okot p’Bitek – 7 June 1931 – died 20 July 1982
  • Helene Johnson – 7 July 1906 –died 6 July 1995
  • Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks – 7 June 1917 –died 3 December 2000
  • Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. – 9 June 1957
  • Brandon Massey – 9 June 1973
  • Arthur Shearly Cripps – 10 June 1869 –died 1 August 1952
  • Roscoe Hunter Orman – 11 June 1944
  • Afolabi Olabimtan – 11 June 1932 –died 27 August 2003
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