Odia Ofeimun, born 16 March 1950, has been described as a poet and polemicist.He was born in Iruekpen-Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.
He worked as a news reporter, factory labourer and civil servant before studying Political Science at the University of Ibadan, where his poetry won first prize in the University Competition of 1975.
That year his work appeared in the anthology Poems of Black Africa, edited by Wole Soyinka.
Ofeimun also worked as private (political) secretary to Chief Obafemi Awolowo, leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria;and as a member of the editorial board of The Guardian Newspapers in Lagos.
He studied at Oxford University on a Commonwealth fellowship. Returning to Nigeria at the annulment of the 1993 Presidential election by General Ibrahim Babangida , he wrote columns for The Guardian On Sunday, the Nigerian Tribune, as well as contributing to many other newspapers.
He was chairman of the editorial board of the defunct daily, A.M. News, as well as The News and Tempo magazines. He was a visible target of criminal intimidation in the days of the military dictatorships of Babangida and General Sanni Abacha.
In 2010 , Ofeimun received the Fonlon-Nichols Award for literary excellence and propagation of Human Rights,conferred on him by the African Literature Association.