Sunday, May 19, 2024

'Shèun Ominira-Bluejack

Born in England into an old Nigerian family that counted kings and commoners as ancestors, the Nigerian writer 'Shèun Ominira-Bluejack was raised and educated in various parts of Africa over the course of the succeeding three decades. He has a mother, a sister and three cats that he loves dearly, and has been writing and performing for most of his life - even if it was mostly only for their consumption. A leftist and a womanist by inclination, his mediums are varied, but upper class frivolity, fabulism and allegory often occur in his pieces, and a short film that he co-wrote - Esther - won the award for best cinematography at the 2013 edition of the 48 Hour Film Festival in Cape Town. A prince of the Iralepo and Fubara Manilla Pepple dynasties in the Nigerian chieftaincy system, Mr. Ominira-Bluejack currently serves as the administrative co-ordinator of the anthropological, genealogical and historical service "African Royal Families".