John Waiko

John Douglas Dademo Waiko (1944- ), historian, politician and writer. Waiko was born in Tabara village, Northern District (now Oro Province), and attended Anglican primary schools and Anglican and Lutheran secondary schools. In 1967 he entered the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) from which he graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in History in 1972. He gained an M.A. from the University of London in 1973 and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1983. Waiko was the first PNGan to be awarded a Ph.D. in social sciences.

Waiko was a research fellow, lecturer and senior lecturer in the History Department of UPNG until appointed Professor of History in 1986. He was the first PNGan professor at UPNG. From 1988-90 he was seconded from UPNG to become the first PNGan Director of the National Research Institute. In 1992 he was elected to the national parliament to represent an Oro Province electorate and appointed Shadow Minister for Education and Science.

Waiko has served on many academic and government boards and committees and presented papers to numerous regional and international conferences. He has written plays, short stories and poems and a number of articles, or chapters, for historical, social and cultural publications. His published fiction includes The Unexpected Hawk and The Old Man and the Balus. His main historical publication is A Short History of Papua New Guinea. Waiko was also an Associate Producer of an autobiographical award-winning documentary film Man Without Pigs.

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