Meet the Review Crew: Ofure Ikharebha

Ofure Ikharebha is a social networking intern pursuing a degree in Linguistics with a concentration in English, and a certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Upon graduating, she hopes to either attend graduate school for a master’s degree or jump into a career in publishing, editing, or localization.

Ofure was born on the West Coast, but Phoenix is where she has spent the majority of her time growing up. As a child, she was always an avid reader and developed a burgeoning interest in literature and language; Ofure believes that this is all due in part to her parents having used “Hooked on Phonics” and an interactive alphabet desk. Oh, to be a child of the ’90s…

While many might find the “classics” boring, they are Ofure’s literature of choice. This interest was first cultivated in middle school after reading various works by John Steinbeck, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury. (You’d actually be hard-pressed to find her admitting her deep appreciation for old school sci-fi.) Aside from reading, she also enjoys embarking on creative projects, studying languages, watching a wide variety of television shows (from Asian dramas to Breaking Bad), and blogging.

Ofure applied to SR out of necessity and curiosity; while the extrinsic values of gaining more internship experience within a desired field are important, she is most excited about working with a team to organize a literary magazine issue and the publishing process. With her internship at Superstition Review, she hopes to help develop and maintain an active social media presence and put her years of extensive social networking use to good work.

One of Ofure’s favorite poems is John Gillespie Magee, Jr’s “High Flight”:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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14 thoughts on “Meet the Review Crew: Ofure Ikharebha

  • September 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Great to meet you Ofure! I do have to admire the SR Social Networkers for all the work that they do. One of the most fascinating things about the SR presence is all the interesting articles posted to the Facebook page about authors and the writing process. On another note, I was always interested and curious about the effectiveness of Hooked on Phonics; it seems to work great! I look forward to more social network posts!

  • September 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This post has woken some dusty memories in the corners of my brain. How could anyone who learned Phonics ever forget them? Deadly useful! Your favorite poem is beautiful, Ofure.

  • September 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I must agree with Rikki, “Hooked on Phonics” and “School House Rock” were some of the things my parents tried on me–no one could forget them. As for classics, old-school sic-fi is the best! Thank you for sharing John Gillespie Magee, Jr’s poem, its quite lovely!

  • September 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve never read that poem before but really enjoyed it. I would love to know your twitter handle/blog so I can read what you have to say more often!

  • September 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve never read that poem either but I enjoyed it too. I love Breaking Bad! And any suggestions for sci-fi books and Asian dramas?

  • September 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Hello, Ofure! It’s nice to meet you. I have to also admit that the classic books are one of the many sets of books that are still great reads! I like reading them as well.

  • September 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Nice to meet you Ofure! I love the classics that were mentioned here. Steinbeck and Bradbury are two of my favorites too. It’s great to go back to those books that first made us love the classics.

  • September 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a big fan of Steinbeck’s as well, The Wayward Bus is one of my personal favorites and I own two second editions (a clue in on my book collecting addiction).

    I have a new found respect for those of you who are able to do social networking. It is much more difficult than I would have originally thought and I didn’t think it was all that easy to begin with.

  • September 30, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Hello, Offure! I’ve never read the poem you included, but I liked it. Is John Gillespie Magee your favorite poet or at least one of your favorites? I would also like to give kudos to you and SR’s other fellow social networkers; it certainly requires a lot of maintenance!

  • September 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Nice to meet you Ofure! I remember Hooked on phonics!! I also enjoy many of Steinbeck’s classics!!! Aren’t they great? What is your favorite?

  • September 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Nice to meet you Ofure! With respect, I’ve got to admit that I can’t stand Steinbeck, but that’s because I come from his home town of Salinas and was forcefed all of his novels since I could read! Good luck with your year!

  • October 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Ofure, do your parents still have that interactive alphabet desk? That sounds amazing. Also, welcome! I’m glad you’re on our SR team 🙂

  • October 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I hope we get to meet in person, Ofure! I love your name! Thanks for your work on the social networks.

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