Tares Oburumu is a graduate of philosophy from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He’s a lover of God and his daughter Sasha.
Jonathan Otamere Endurance is a poet who finds his muse in reading and writing. He is an undergraduate at the University of Benin, studying English and Literature.
Sibbyl Whyte is a Nigerian writer who is subject to the whims of her headstrong chi. Bits of her imagination have appeared on Gypsiana - her laptop, Facebook, Naijastories and some anthologies she knows only by name. She is currently at work on the untold stories in her head.
The writer, Visar, is a Nigerian whose poetry are snapshots of unsuspecting life. He also writes short stories, haikus and tankas. He has been published on Kalahari Review and Nthanda Review.
Okey Egboluche hopes to change lives through his writing. He studied Freelance and Feature writing at the London School of Journalism. Also a practicing Optometrist, he loves art, traveling and making friends. His blog.
Chukwu Emmanuel C. studies Medicine and Surgery in the University of Calabar. A Nigerian by birth, and an award-winning writer and poet whose works have been published in Praxis Magazine, Libretto Magazine and Tuck, and forth coming in other magazines. When he is not writing, he is trying to explore nature to relate it to his profession.
Adetokunbo Abiola is a prize winning Nigerian journalist and writer. He has published a novel titled LABULABU MASK with Macmillan Nigeria. He has also published short stories and poems in print and online magazines such as The Rake, BBC Focus on Africa magazine, Flask Review, Zapata! Liberation Lit, while he has an upcoming story to be published in Sage of Consciousness Review. He is currently working on his short story collection.
Mdika Nick Tembo was born on 11th July 1975. He holds a BEd in Literature and History from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. His poems and short stories have appeared in Malawi's popular Weekend papers, The Weekend Nation and Malawi News. He is currently a Staff Associate in the Department of Linguistics and Literature at the Catholic University of Malawi. He is also pursuing his MA (Literature) studies at Chancellor College.
Stephen C. Kenechukwu is a Linguist, a Freelance Digital Copywriter, an Editor, a Media Enthusiast and an Avid Learner.
Ayisi Gordon Gullanyi is my full name. I am Ghanaian and 19 years old. I write poems and like reading and writing. I like both Classical and African literature. I like music and I am currently working on an anthology of poems.
I am Omogbolahan Bello, a graduate student of political science at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. I like sports, music, poetry and art.
Uduma Kalu holds a University of Nigeria BA in English, as well as a University of Ibadan MA, also in English. Winner of the University of Nigeria First Prize for Poetry, amongst others, Kalu's poems and stories have appeared in anthologies like 25 New Nigerian Poets (Ed. Toyin Adewale-Gabriel), Trembling Leaves (Ed. Bunmi Oyinsan), A Volcano of Voices (Ed. Steve Shaba) and ANA Reviw. He works as a journalist at The Guardian Newspapers, Lagos, Nigeria.
A Nairobi based lawyer and a volunteer teacher of English, Wafula Wakoko was born in Bungoma, Kenya. He writes considerably in his head as he is his own audience.
I'd love to refer to myself as a writer but I sincerely can't. I'm merely a collector of stories. I remember ditching school in Lagos, Nigeria, to sit with street hawkers under Ojuelegba bridge or take multiple bus rides just to hear, share and collect stories. People simply fascinate me.
I hold multiple degrees and certificates, including a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the university of Lagos. I am a serial student and life is my university. Certifiably unemployable because I'm interested in too many unrelated things and so I run my own Wealth Management Practice. I currently live in Canada with my family. I still hold Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God responsible for my addiction to the written word. And, Oh yes, I still take those multiple bus rides!
A poet. An Arsenal fan. A Muslim. I am brand crazy. An extremely Nigerian Nigerian. I live for laughter and love.
Afolabi Boluwatife is a 4th Year Clinical student at the University College
Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria. He is passionate to a fault about poetry and is currently working on publishing his first chapbook. His poems have been published on Kalahari review, Kollectiv, several online blogs and some editorial boards at the University.
Oyin Oludipe is a Nigerian poet whose works have appeared in several
journals like The Kalahari Review, Black Boy Review and the Guardian
Success Akpojotor, born in Benin City, writes poetry, prose, and plays. A graduate of the University of Benin's Department of History and an Ambassador appointed by the Fundación César Egido Serrano, Madrid, his work has been published widely online and in print in The Nigerian Observer, Poets Reading the News, Heavy Feather Review, Tuck Magazine, and Wax Poetry and Art. He has been anthologized in Lou Lit Review: The Literary Journal at Louisburg College, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Best New African Poets 2017 Anthology, and Mounting the Moon: Queer Nigerian Poems.
Iliya Kambai Dennis hails from Kaduna state, Nigeria. He loves writing poems and stories. He is a physics student at the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto. His works have appeared on Youth Shades magazine, Afreecan Read, and Praxis magazine.
Christian Ojochegbe Jacob was born in Kogi State, Nigeria and is currently an undergraduate student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he divides his time between writing and studying. His stories have been featured in the Kalahari Review and Kaanem.
I am from Anambra State, and was born on the 14th of January in Leningrad, Russia, at some point in time; hence the name Vera, which means 'faithful', so if any man is considering having me for a wife (which all men should, lol), he should know right now that I will be faithful, if he is. I used to speak Russian fluently, but have since forgotten it due to 'lack of speaking'. I currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and I am in school with a major of Nursing (which is trying to drain the life out of me). I enjoy doing a lot of things like reading, writing, sleeping and spending other people's money, of course. I have aspirations to change the world for the better like any other person; one of my major aspirations is to one day wear a thin platinum band with an emerald rock on my left ring finger (*hint hint*). Imagine a world where my bright, sparkling diamond is blinding everyone's eyes. Now that's a Verastic world! (and a better world, might I add). If for any reason, any man is not sure what to expect from me, let him please refer to my 'Verastic Manual', and my 'Verastic Code Of Conduct' for answers to all FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). In case you're wondering if there is any special someone in my life, well, there is, and his name is Compaq; it's amazing the things he does for me; he's not like any other man I have ever known. I do not know what else I am supposed to tell you, but if you need to know more, please start by sending me some flowers. Blue roses preferably.
She was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to America in 1997. She has a BA in Psychology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree. As a child, she enjoyed serving as her peers' storyteller. She now writes mainly poems and short stories.
Medemaku Selome Lawrence had his Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Benin, Edo state, Nigeria. He is an indigene of Badagry, Lagos state. His writing history is dated to his primary school days. He is a very big fan of poetry and prose and has poems and novels in both English and French languages although none of his works is published yet.
Elizabeth Z. Tshele was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Cornell University in the US. She is better known now as NoViolet Bulawayo, the pen name under which she published her multi-award-winning debut novel, 'We Need New Names.'
Elias Andrevn is a budding undergraduate writer. His works have been published in some literary blogs like Words Are work, Kito Diaries and Pengician. He is a food enthusiast and hopes to have lots of cats someday.
Chukwuemeka Nwagu writes from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has been published once in The Kalahari Review.
Edwige-Renée Dro has just moved back to Côte d’Ivoire after 10 years in the UK. She spends her days writing, wondering how to navigate her new status as a Returnee. She has had a short story published in Prima, a UK magazine.
Amitabh Mitra is a poet, artist, publisher, filmmaker and a medical doctor based in East London, South Africa. A widely published poet on the web and in print, Amitabh has held many exhibitions of his poetry art. A Slow Train to Gwalior; is a CD of his ten most popular love poems recited against a background of Indian and African traditional music. A documentary film incorporating his love poems is being produced in South Africa. He edits an international print poetry journal , 'A Hudson View' and a journal focussing on Southern African Arts, 'Inyathi'. More about him at amitabhmitra.com and Poets Printery
Okeke Onyedika Prezide lives in Ojoto, a quiet town in Nigeria. His poems which seek to uplift the standard and tradition of Africa have appeared in Praxis magazine and other websites. He is currently an undergraduate of sociology/Anthropology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Emeka Azuine graduated with honours in Mass communications from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and won the university’s Alhaji Babatunde Jose award for excellence in writing. He practised journalism and worked with international NGOs in Nigeria. Emeka currently resides in United Kingdom where he concluded graduate studies in International relations. His writings have been published in various media in Nigeria, United Kingdom, and United States of America. He is working on a poetry collection Rhythms of Agony.
Som O. Adedayo writes from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun state, Nigeria, where he currently studies English Language. His story, Madam Philomena’s Memoir, whch shall be published in the Writivism annual anthology, was recently longlisted for the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction. He is a journalist at the award-winning news agency of the English department, OAU; Nasels Communication Bureau. Some of his works have appeared on the internet. He tweets @som_august and poses on Instagram as som_august and pries into peoples' timelines on Facebook as Som Adedayo.
Riak Marial Riak is a south Sudanese poet, actor and director. His poetry is driven by love, life, death, nature, war and philosophy. He spends his time writing poems that have been published by major bloggers like Kalahari Review. He loves staging plays and has been doing it since high school.
The Favourite Son of Africa is the pseudonym of Tope Salaudeen-Adégòkè. He is an editor, literary critic and poet from Ibadan, Nigeria. A member of WriteHouse Collective, Tope assesses manuscripts for publication and is one of the organisers of Artmosphere, a leading monthly literary event in Ibadan. Also, he is the administrator of the Kofi Awoonor Memorial Library in Ibadan and is a book reviewer at Wawa Review of Books, Abuja, Nigeria. He enjoys travelling and cooking.
I am a story teller. I've been telling stories since I was a child, when I'd wake up in the morning and stress the family out about listening to some crazy dream I've had at night. The madness continues even though my morning audience has shrunk.
I'm passionate about African stories and even more passionate about Africans telling African stories.
Ibrahim is an Ibadan born poet who writes from the ancient city. He is a science laboratory technologist by profession, with interest in medical laboratory science. He explores different times with his writing. His work has been published by Snakeskin Poetry journal and is forthcoming on several journals.
I am Lausdeus Otito Chiegboka, a medical doctor from Nigeria. I live and work in Nigeria. I write poetry and prose, and made the shortlist for the Commonwealth Short Story competition 2016.
David Ishaya Osu is a Nigerian poet, street photographer and freelance journalist. His works have appeared in several journals such as the 2012 Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology, The New Black Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2011, his poem, Seasons at Peasant’s Palm, won an Honourable Mention for a National Poetry competition in honour of Prof Remi Raji at 50. He is an alumnus of the 2012 LUMINA Creative writing workshop. David is currently polishing his debut collection tentatively titled Rape Album.
Sylva Nze Ifedigbo is a 2007 graduate of Veterinary Medicine, UNN. He won the Short Story prize in the Abuja Writers' Forum Literary contest (2009) and 2nd Prize in the ASUU National Undergraduates Short Story Competition in 2006. Spectrum Books published his novella, Whispering Aloud in 2007. He contributes to many online forums and dailies.
A law graduate, Alabi-Macfoy loves writing because "it creates a portal of multiple understanding and diverse interpretation of words on different levels." She believes the "exercise of thought and pen brings life, love, pain and liberty to your finger tips."
Takondwa Hauya writes from Malawi. Her works focus on the social Injustices of the society.
Changming Yuan, a 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks, started to learn English at age 19 and published monographs in translation before moving out of China. Currently, Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, New Coin, Threepenny Review and 1219 others across 38 countries.
Sadiq Abdulsalam Adeiza is a Nigerian creative in love with the art of storytelling and poetry. His works have been featured in prominent Nigerian dailies and online platforms.
Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu's poems won the Pengician of the Year Award in 2015, and in 2016, the Chrysolite Writers Poet of the Year Award. His publications include anthologies, self-help manuals, and the writer's guide Scriptophobia: 15 Sure Ways To Deal With Fear of Writing. Stefn is also the CEO of Prose & Poetry Hood, Inc., the literary company of everything poetry, prose, drama, art, literature. His mission is to help more aspiring young writers structure their craft and attain authorship successfully.
Olayinka Oyegbile is an award winning Nigerian journalist who is widely travelled. He has won many journalism fellowships among which are the World Health Organization (WHO) Fellowship in Public Health Reporting, The John S. Knight Fellowship and the American Cancer Society Fellowship, among others. His stories have been published both at home and abroad. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other associations. His book ‘Home Away From Home’ which is about the religious crises that have rocked the northern part of the country was published in 2011.
Ama Udofa writes for page and for stage. He is a firm believer that words are more valuable than the computers on which they are typed. His story "Hai One" was long listed for the 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize. He was also long listed for "Run" in the maiden Okike Prize for Literature. A recipient of the 2017 Flips and Flops short story prize, bits of his imagination appear in several spaces on and offline.
Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda is a UK-born Zambian who lives in Lusaka. She is married with three children and is passionate about the growing literary scene in Africa. She is part Nigerian, Zambian and Jamaican. She heads a dynamic advertising firm and enjoys the power of story-telling. She has been published in the African Women Writers (Afriwowri) e-publication anthology “Different Shades of a Feminine Mind” for her short story Mirage (2017), and The “Budding Writer” anthology by Zambia Women Writers Association (2017) for her story Banana Boat.
Akinsanya Damilola is a passionate Law student and an emerging writer who draws his inspiration for writing from a wide range of literature authored by African writers. Lenrie Peters, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Kola Onadipe all feature in this inspiration story. His childhood living in Surulere, a suburb of Lagos, also plays a significant part in his literary quest. He is a lover of trees and an unrepentant champion of forest conservation.
Socrates Mbamalu is a contributor to Waza and Afridiaspora. He has participated in the 2014 and 2015 Writivism mentorship programmes and his works have appeared in various online lit-mags. He lives in Port Harcourt.
Asudemade Habeebullah is a 300-level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan. His flair for writing developed in early days of the year 2015. His works have been published by Poets in Nigeria, Writers Space Africa, AFAS Review, among others. He reads, writes, speaks and appreciates well-fried dodo.
I began writing poetry at age eight, was published in a British Council
anthology, and won the national drama/theater competition when I was in high school. I got into a career in journalism, which took me to places such as Rwanda, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique. My six-year journalism career proved to be an incredible opportunity to write and reflect upon the stories of a wide variety of people and issues, and on deeply human problems such as discrimination, war, deprivation, reconciliation, rebuilding, and overcoming great odds.
Today, I work in international affairs and I get to meet even more
interesting characters from around the world. I retain my curiosity about all things human, and a love for stories about individual choices. My short stories borrow from the wide array of experiences I have had. They are stories of the ordinary, the absurd, the painful, the frightening, and the chances we get at redemption.
Ike Oguine, author of A Squatter's Tale [Novel, Heinemann, 2000], short story writer, lives in Lagos, Nigeria. His articles have been published in local and international newspapers and websites.
Nnamdi Laura is a Nigerian poetry and fiction writer. She is a 400L student of Law in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has three of her poems published by Praxis Magazine and about three forthcoming on Kalahari Review.
"I'm fascinated by the art of threading words together to form tapestries of meaning. My dream is to work my way around the world and tell stories as I go. I'm currently studying Digital Communications in the University of Baltimore. I'm a Nigerian."
I am a US-born African of Nigerian parentage based in New Jersey and a former graduate student (MA, Africana Studies, NYU, 2008). At present I am a research assistant, blogger (One, Two), activist and massage therapist. I have previously been published as a biweekly columnist in the Rutgers Daily Targum. Currently, I am seeking publication on a recently completed novel called An Android Reads the News about the quest for freedom and identity of two androids, one programmed to be a comic minstrel and the other, a magical negro. I am also writing another novel which, from a magical realist perspective, explores the absurdities and uncertainties of life in contemporary America as experienced by people of color and immigrants.
Dupe attended Saint Annes school in Ibadan. She has a first degree in Pharmacology from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Benin. Most of her career has been in banking. Her hobbies are reading, writing, listening to music and movie critique. She also loves teenagers dearly.
Ololade is a Journalist, Columnist, Novelist and Poet. He is the author of “Reality Bites – A collection of poetic essays”
Titilayo Adeoye is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, where she studied Literature in English. She loves writing, proof-reading and editing for individuals and companies as a freelancer. She works at Kraft Books Ltd., Ibadan.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani is a graduate of Psychology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She made her very first income in life from winning a writing competition at the age of thirteen. Based in Abuja, Nigeria, Nnwaubani is the author of 'I Do Not Come to You By Chance.' She is currently working on a second novel for Young Adults.
Yusuf M Adamu PhD, a medical Geographer by training is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. He is a bilingual writer who writes in Hausa and English languages. He has to his credit three Hausa novels namely Idan So Cuta Ne (1989) Ummul-Khairi (1995) and Maza Gumbar Dutse (2007). He has also published Litters - 2000 (Poetry), Pregnant Skies: anthology of 50 Nigerian Poets (2003), and Landscapes of Reality - 2007 (Poetry). Apart from these, he writes for children and his books include Butterfly and other poems (1995), My first book of rhymes (1998) and Animals in the Neighbourhood (2007). He has been published in many anthologies in Nigeria, Germany, Norway, USA, and Iceland. His works have appeared on many websites. He runs a number of blogs including African Public Poet, Tagar Duniya and Marubutan Hausa.
Adejuwon Adeola Gbalajobi is a Nigerian poet and creative writer. His works have appeared in anthologies and literary journals like Kreative Diadem, Praxis magazine, SynCity, Writers Space Africa and other places. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria.
David Okorafor is a medical doctor specializing in Radiology. He loves reading all manner of books, and lives in Enugu with his family.
Basit Jamiu is a writer, poet, and sometimes a critic. His other publications can be found in literary magazines such as Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, Magunga, TheNukan, Niche and others.
Frank E. Achebe was born Mokwuah Joshua Izuchukwu, September 1990, in Enugu, Nigeria. He is a student of Physics and Astronomy, UNN (2012). He holds fundamentalist views of Christianity and expresses them in his writings. He also writes with the name Joshua The Boss. The works of Frank E Peretti, Chinua Achebe and others like Tchicaya U'Tamsi, John Updike and C.S. Lewis hold a strong influence on his writings. Mating and Metamorphosis is his second published work. He has also published in The Muse and is set to release his first books in 2013. He is also a rap artist who has recorded with the HolyHipHop group FourEighteenMinistries based in Nigeria.
Nome Patrick is a poet, writer and deep thinker. He's crazy about books, children and romance. He's a sophomore in the University of Benin.
Jesse Bwanakambi is a student of Communications and Public Relations at Moi University, Kenya. He enjoys cruise biking, writing, reading and absorbing information from reliable sources.
Bello Akeem was born in Lagos. He now lives in a valley on the outskirts of Ogun State. Some of his comments on the socio-political situation in Nigeria can be found online.
H. Abiola is a recent MFA graduate in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Her aim is to shine a light on the plight of the deaf in Africa and worldwide. Being deaf herself, H. Abiola has had first hand experience with the struggle of what it feels like to be perceived as an insignificant minority. Besides writing, she's an avid artist who dabbles in painting and drawing. Currently, Abiola resides in the USA. Her poems can be found in the Deaf American Anthology.
Peter Kayode Adegbie is a pastor, writer, filmmaker and cultural entrepreneur. He is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Peter's work focuses on building inter-generational and inter-cultural bridges; he is originator and creative director of 'Changing Perspectives Project'. He is also director of 'Culture Parade', a community interest company that provides a melting pot for communities to share their heritage, their arts, literature, drama, fashion and cuisine with the wider community. Peter as winner of the Northern Film and Media Capture documentary scheme in 2007 made the acclaimed documentary, 'Same Faces, Different Stories' for Community Channel. He is winner of Newcastle University Enterprise Challenge Award for Culture and Creativity 2009, and Dr. Tony Trapp ABC Award 2009. Peter who served as a Christian missionary in East and Central Africa for eight years is founder and senior pastor of Sunderland Chapel of Light. He is married to Theodora, a legal practitioner, and they have two children.
Kamarudeen Mustapha is a school teacher and writer of fiction and poetry. His short stories and poems have been published in Setu Online magazine and Our Poetry Archive. He writes from Ibadan, Nigeria.
Maryam Gatawa is a prolific poet, writer and human rights activist based in Kano, Nigeria. A graduate of Economics from Bayero University, Kano, she enjoys reading and the arts.
Tope James-Ade is an I.T. professional, blogger, and writer with a strong affinity for fiction. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Madu Chisom Kingdavid is a final year student of history and
international studies at Imo State University, Owerri. His works have
appeared in anthologies, National dailies and online magazines.
Okwuje Israel is a Nigerian writer. His work has appeared in The Kalahari Review.
Ekpe Nkechinyere Anthonia is a graduate of Biomedical Technology with an insatiable passion for writing. I am influenced by past experiences and movies like Finding Forester and Poetic Justice. My favourite writers are Jeffrey Archer, Frederick Forsyth, John Grisham, Buchi Emecheta, Chinyere M. Ugokwe, Maya Angelou and Robert Ludlum. I am currently working on my poetry collection and first work of fiction.
Eric Atie is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a creative photographer and a short story writer who is passionate about African Literature. He is currently working on his debut short story collection.
Bunmi Oke comes up with flawless, norm-bending, and record-shattering stories er… in his head. Every once in a while, he’s lucky to get them down. His tales are strewn over AFREADA, Boston Literary Magazine, 81words, Drablr, 101 words, Lifewords.org, and someplace else he doesn't seem to recall. He lives in Ibadan and tweets at
Asomwan Sonnie Adagbonyin is a Professor of English at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. He has taught at the university level for more than 25 years and has brought to bear, over the years, on his teaching, unique skills that have endeared him to his many students scattered all over the world. His research interest, apart from Stylistics, which is his area of specialisation, includes ESL, discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, syntax, semantics/semiotics, African literature and creative writing.
A freelance journalist, broadcaster, speech writer, columnist, commentator on public affairs, playwright, short story writer and poet, Professor Adagbonyin is severally published and authored his first book of stories, "The Singing Ashes" (Evans Brothers, Nigeria) when he was 18. In 1992, he edited the first major anthology of Nigerian short stories, "Frontiers" (Kraft Books Ltd.). In 1996, "Niyi Osundare", the first major and, till date, one of the most serious linguistic studies of the poetry of the award-winning African poet, Niyi Osundare, was released. His works are available in some of the national libraries of the world, including Australia and Great Britain. He is a member of the Modern Languages Association of Nigeria (MLAN), the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN), and the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), among other professional bodies.
Born in Calabar, Cross Rivers State of Nigeria, Orok is the CEO of Xecutive Poets International, a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria.
Erere Onyeugbo is a student of Medical Radiography at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus. She is a budding writer and a lover of all things bohemian.
Victor Damilola Garuba is a Nigerian poet, short story author and singer-songwriter.
Samson Nyarima, a teacher of Kiswahili language and literature, works and lives in Kisumu, Kenya
Ochuko Tonukari is a librarian, writer, folklorist and veteran storyteller who is best known for his expertise at rendering and propagating the history and culture of his native Urhobo people of the Western Niger Delta Region. Since graduating from the Delta State University in 2005, he has been a columnist with WarriMtro Magazine, Sapeletimes Magazine, Urhobo Voice Newspaper and Delta Voice Newspaper. Not once has he been described as a magical realist due to his ramblings of amusing encounters and fascinating travelogues...Up till now. Ochuko sees Ben Okri, Gunter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison and Salman Rushdie as writers with whom he shares the same worldview. He writes about the ordinary and the extraordinary, drawing the reader into a world with vivid description.
Adeyele Adeniran is a student at the University of Lagos. Her poems mostly deal with peace, depression, love and her utmost mission for writing is to express her deepest thoughts with her pen as her voice.
‘Funmi Adewole is a dancer, dramaturge and poet based in London. Her volume of poems, 'Sea Salt in the City' was released in 2013.
Sophia Egbelo is a lover of the arts and is passionate about story-telling. She studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. When she is not writing, she enjoys traveling.
Dr. Wale Okediran, a medical doctor, is President, Association of Nigerian Authors. He has published five novels and several short stories in journals in Nigeria and overseas.
Pazqal Eriq Umehea is a writer, fashion and art enthusiast and foodie. He hails from Delta state, Nigeria but was born and raised in Kaduna state. He is a graduate of St. Anne’s secondary school in arts.
Adedayo Michael Babatunde is a student of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Chidozie Chukwubuike received formal training in theatre arts. He teaches Literature in English at Calvary International Secondary School, Orji, Owerri North L.G.A. Imo State. His literary works are anthologised locally and internationally. He is the author of 'On the brink of doom' (a play). He is currently the General Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Imo State chapter.
Lily-Anne Longjohn is a young lady whose love for writing has seen her through many a hard time. She was born as a second child in a family of four in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She attended primary and high schools in Nigeria but moved to England for higher education. She is a Geneticist from the University of Liverpool and is currently in training to be an oncobiologist. She recently published her first novel in the UK, America and Europe. She loves telling stories and currently runs a children reading project. Lily’s favourite things are beautiful flowers (red roses and white lilies). Her hobbies include playing computer games and cooking.
LaKeisha L. Caples is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she is working towards a PhD in African languages and literature. She is an advanced Kiswahili speaker who is currently researching East African popular culture and pedagogy. Caples received her BA and MA in English from Chicago State University. She is also a songwriter, poet, and screenwriter.
Selome Araya is a community activist that has coordinated and helped to organize numerous projects and programs with various organizations in the U.S. and in Africa. She recently completed a Masters of Public Health in Forced Migration and Health from Columbia University in New York.
Ms. Araya currently works as a consultant and reporter with Fahamu-Networks for Social Justice in Africa. She is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, working to ensure the human rights of Black people in America. She is also a published freelance writer and is the producer of “The Courtyard” with Debo Kotun on KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. Her writings and thoughts can be found at Selome Araya.
Ishola Abdulwasiu Ayodele is an alumnus of the maiden ANA/Yusuf Ali Creative Writing Workshop. His works have been published on Kalahari Review, Short Story Day Africa, Brittle Paper, Outcast Magazine and elsewhere. He dances to silence as a form of meditation. And he thinks aliens are real.
Joshua Omotayo Aire is a student of the University of Ibadan. He won the July edition of the 2017 Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest and the 3rd prize of the Ken Egbas Prize for festival poetry. He currently lives and writes from Abuja, the Capital of Nigeria where he is undergoing his Industrial Training. He is a writer/poet, web developer and campus journalist/editor. His works have appeared or are forthcoming on PIN, WRR anthology, UITES WRITE, Poetry Invoice, ACE World, and elsewhere.
Ify Tony-Monye is the author of What Goes Around, a novel. She was a guest on Adesuwa Onyenokwe’s TV talk show ‘Seriously Speaking’ and was interviewed by Daily Trust Newspaper’s Nathaniel Bivan for their Bookshelf section. She writes from Nigeria and is currently working on her second novel.
Minna Salami is of Nigerian and Finnish heritage. She grew up in Nigeria, leaving in her teen years for Sweden where she completed studies in Political Science. Thereafter she has lived in Spain, New York and now London. She is a writer, a performance poet and a blogger with great interest and intense love for the African continent, its people and its development. Her short stories have been published in magazines like Daydream, and upcoming anthology called Hyperkinetic. Salami's blog,
Oni Tomiwa is a lover of poetry. A lover of every form of art and an amateur nature photographer. He resides and writes in Osogbo, Osun State. He is the winner of 2018 League of Wordsmiths. His poems have appeared both in print and journals.
Maureen Onyeziri is a microbiology Ph.D. graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington. Whenever she's not doing research in the lab or teaching undergraduates, she is writing short stories, taking long walks or curled under a warm blanket reading a good book. Her stories have appeared in several webzines including LekkiRepublic and LagosConvo.
Akwu, Sunday Victor, holds a degree in English & Literary Studies from Kogi State University, Anyigba. He is a poet and critic with a Marxist touch.
I am a Nigerian. I enjoy writing poems and short stories. Many of my works have been published in foreign publications such as magazines (both in paper and online editions) and anthologies.
Chiamaka Umeasiegbu is a freelance journalist who studied English literature and has written and directed two stage plays. She has also written a number of short stories and poetry for magazines and journals.
Sokuma Theophilus is a Nigerian currently in his finals at college. He's a psychology major at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He loves the smell of books and ink and currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria. Find him on instagram @amante_del_dios
Okafor Ugochi Winnie is an undergraduate of English at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. She is a lover of literature and sports. Her short non-fiction is featured in an anthology published by BrittlePaper.
Unyierie Angela Idem teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at Holyoke Community College (HCC), Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA. In her free time, she reads and writes poetry that addresses a broad range of issues from personal to social and political. Her poems have appeared in Sentinel Literary Quarterly: The Magazine of World Literature (April 2011 issue) and aaduna (Fall/Winter 2011 and 2012 issues). She has participated in a number of poetry events, including HCC faculty readings and the aaduna Fundraiser in Harlem, New York. She has also been a guest reader at a public library in Massachusetts. She is currently working on a collection of poems.
Nnorom Azuonye is the author of "Letter To God & Other Poems" (2003). Founder and Administrator of Sentinel Poetry Movement, and Editor of Sentinel Poetry Quarterly, he has published poems, short fiction and interviews in international journals including; Agenda, Orbis, World Haiku Review Poetrybridge, Flair, Keystone, Poetry Monthly and Kenwood Review among others. His poems have also appeared in the anthologies; "Voices Against Racism: 100 Poems Against Racism" (UK 1998. Thomas O'Flaherty ed.) and "For The Love Of God" (Singapore 2004. Desmon Kon et al. eds.) nnoromazuonye.com
Dejido Bejide, a final pharmacy student at Obafemi Awolowo University, writes from Osun state, Nigeria.
Tolu Ajayi, novelist and former chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, is also a medical doctor.
Nnamdi Ben Nneji trained as a computer network engineer and works with an IT firm in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a great love for learning and reads very wide. He also enjoys writing poetry and short stories for leisure.
‘Joba Ojelabi is a writer and student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Osun State. He hails from Oyo in Oyo state.
Olu Oguibe, PhD., is legend in intellectual circles in Nigeria, most notably at the University of Nigeria where he set all sorts of academic records that continue to confound. The author of A Gathering Fear, A Song from Exile and Songs for Catalina, all collections of poetry, Olu has won all shades of grants, scholarships, academic and literary awards, including the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Literature. Perhaps his most haunting poem, I Am Bound to This Land by Blood, is an anthem to the muses of pain and protest at literary gatherings. Oguibe is also a poet of the canvass, a visual artist who has had solo exhibitions the world over since 1988. He was at the University of South Florida (Stuart Golding Endowed Chair in African Art) before his current position (Senior Fellow, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School, NY). In his words, just call him 'an independent scholar and curator.' He says he has ceased writing poetry. We hope not!
Isaac Alesh Melchizedek is a Nigerian poet. His works are online or forthcoming on The Kalahari Review, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Brittle Paper, amongst others.
Omeh Susan Chioma is currently a third year law student of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. She is from Ebonyi State, Nigeria and she loves writing, acting and most importantly, she loves the legal profession. Her best stories are those that tell of Africa before colonialism.
The two chapters here are extracts from Hyacinth Obunseh's Valley of Decision, a novel published in 1998. He is the consultant to the Women Writers' Association of Nigeria, WRITA, and member of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA.
Deeply immersed in Yoruba oral tradition, Titilope formed a love of spoken word at a young age. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, her family immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta when Titilope was 13 years old. She describes her poetry as a means to reconcile her African roots with her Canadian identity. She has performed at The Roar Spoken Word Festival, Poetree Open Mic, Afro Quiz, Legacies 2008, Ribbon Rouge and several events around Edmonton. She recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Civil Engineering degree, but continues to share her words within the Edmonton community. Her words are pure, honest, and grab straight for the heart.
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Ifediba Zube is a medical student at the University of Port Harcourt.
She loves speed writing in a journal and has a sweet tooth for Lesley
Nneka Arimah's stories. She has been published on Kalahari Review.
Dr Chima Iwuchukwu graduated from the College of Medicine and Surgery, Abia State University, Nigeria.
Verah Omwocha is an editor and writer. When she is not reading, she is writing. When she is not writing, she is getting high on coffee and cooking. She believes words are the magic that make life liveable. Vera has published her first children’s book, Maria and the Tomatoes. She is currently working on her first novel among many other short stories.
J.K. Anowe was born in Nigeria in 1994. He is currently a degree student of the department of foreign languages at the University of Benin, Nigeria, where he writes and edits poetry and short stories for Parrot, the university magazine. A published author who speaks English and French fluently, with a spattering of Igbo, Anowe is working on his first collection of poems.
Ajinomoh Caleb is a print journalist by day and a commercial writer by night. He contributes to the education review desk of The Sun Newspaper, a foremost Nigerian tabloid. His first non-fiction, Job Seekers Do Stupid Things, was released in September 2015. His first fiction, Fe-mme Fa-tale, is undergoing final edit and is primed for a March 2016 release. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Zino Asalor studied Computer Science at the University of Benin and has gone on to become a Network Engineer as well as an Entrepreneur. No matter where he runs, the shadow of words, both written and spoken, is never far. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry, The Diary That Became Man and other poems. Also in view is his novel, Tell Me Something.
Pamilerin Jacob is a Nigerian poet whose poems have appeared in Barren Magazine, Agbowo, Dwarts Magazine, Burning House Press, & forthcoming in Rattle. He was shortlisted for the Ken Egba Prize for Festival Poetry 2017 & made the winning list of PIN Food Poetry Contest 2018. Author of Memoir of Crushed Petals & Gospels of Depression; he is a staunch believer in the powers of critical thinking, Khalil Gibran’s poetry & chocolate ice-cream. Reach him on Twitter @pamilerinjacob
Logan February is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. His work has appeared in Vagabond City, Barking Sycamores, Emboss Magazine, and so on. His book, Yellow Soul (April Gloaming Publishing) & a currently untitled chapbook (Indolent Books) are forthcoming in 2017.
I am an Environmental and Community Development student currently in my last year in college. I am also a poetry and music enthusiast. My characters are a vivid depiction of my imagination but inspired by real life events. I enjoy reading diverse literature but I am a real fan of journals, biographies and vivid fiction.
Tembong Denis Fonge, born in the South West Province of Cameroon, holds a DEA in English Literature and a Postgraduate Teacher's Diploma. He is currently a research student in the Department of English, University of Yaounde, Cameroon.
Mugabi Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi is a writer, poet and rapper who honed his craft through writing workshops, poetry slams, cyphers and open mics across North America and East Africa. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015, has been featured on Brittle Paper, The Good Men Project and his writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 26 city North American tour in support of this.
Brian Moyo is a Zimbabwean journalist/writer based in London. He is a freelance consultant Editor and Communications professional specialising in corporate publications, website content and copy-writing. He also teaches Creative Writing and Journalism studies online and is the managing editor of www.touchbaseafrica.co.za. He can be contacted on: bmoyo27 at gmail dotcom
Isoje iyi-Eweka Chou, an artist, was born and raised in Nigeria. She currently lives elsewhere.
Emmanuel Ojeikhodion is a young Nigerian writer who writes from the South-South. He currently runs a degree in English and Literature at the University of Benin. He writes on loss, depression, mental illness, love, imperialism, change, boy child and girl child. His poems appear on Praxis magazine, Kalahari review, Pangolin review, Peeking cat, Deracine magazine and Ngiga review. Say hello to him on twitter @hermynuel.
Elizabeth Joshua is an undergraduate who lives in Nigeria. She is into social work as a volunteer for Ignite Africa and the Youth Empowerment Summit. She loves reading, politics, watching but not mixing with people, and occasionally, writing.
Dinachi Ikenna Dike is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He enjoys creative writing, creative music, outdoors and photography.
Eterigho Oghenekome Humphrey studied physics at the University of Port Harcourt. He is currently an NYSC corps member serving in Benue State where he is the president of ICPC anti-corruption CDS group. He has written one unpublished epic poem title “Horsemen” and a handful of other shorter unpublished poems.
Nigerian born Darlington Chukwunyere is a thespian of Unizik Theatre, a screenwriter, a poet, and a self-published author. He co-wrote Gold Dust Ikenga which was premiered in London in 2017 by Silver Achugamonye’s UK-based Silver-Globe Sines. His voice has been heard on Kalahari Review, Klintji magazine, the Voices Project, and elsewhere.
Gaamangwe Joy Mogami is a Motswana poet, playwright and screenwriter. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Botswana. She has performed her poetry at UB Writers Workshop, Maitisong Writers Workshop and Poets Passport in Botswana, as well as in High Spirits Poetry slam and Pune Poetry Slam in India. She is the founder and writer of a new interview magazine called Africa in Dialogue.
Fabian kaduka was born in Nzioa region, kakamega, Kenya. He is currently teaching and involved in drama/play, poetry/verse writing and choreography and other theatre activities in academic institutions.
Mahmoud Mansi studied Finance in The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. He discovered his writing talent when he turned sixteen, right after the sudden death of his father, but all his works were kept in darkness until he published his first novel: A Journey from Darkness to Light in 2010. He was the only Egyptian to win “A Sea of Words” literary award for 2010 for his short story; The Island. Also a playwright, poet, critic and photographer, he writes in Arabic but mainly in English to communicate with a wider range of minds and to reflect the native Arab philosophy and literature to the other side of the world.
His passion is in reviving the old native art that was used in ancient churches, mosques and the same used in building the pyramids of Giza. He is currently working in the same university he graduated from as a Human Resources Specialist, holding a MA degree specialized in Marketing and working on several new writing projects. “I do not write to confront another being, but I write to confront Literature itself, to confront Art... This is how we Humans excel.” - Mahmoud Mansi
Sean Adetula, an attorney, worked briefly with the United Nations in England before relocating to the United States. He is based in Washington, DC.
Ebenezer Adaramodu Zerry (Zerrified Poet) is a graduate of Microbiology from Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria. His works have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Poets in Nigeria quarterly journal, Enkare Magazine and Praxis Magazine. He loves photography. He lives in Lagos.
'Wole Olayinka, a law student, loves to write fiction and hopes
to pioneer a new genre of African fiction with his works.
Ife Watson lives in Nigeria. Her stories have appeared in The New Black Magazine, Worldreader, Tales, etc., and the Naijastories Anthology. She loves to read, then write and write.
Adenle Iyanuoluwa Deborah is a writer and a poet. Her poems have appeared on Kalahari Review. She lives in Osun, Nigeria.
Wale Adebanwi, Tribune's editor-at-large, is currently in the UK (on leave from the University of Ibadan) as a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He is a journalist of high repute and credibility.
Onikeku Qudus is a Dancer, Acrobat, Actor and writer. Qudus has been a word in the world of choreography in Lagos. He has toured over 25 countries around the globe, known in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean for his his dance art, as well as with his recent project "Do we need Cola-Cola to dance?" that toured around Africa. Qudus, currently a student of the National Higher school of Circus Arts, France, majors in ACRO-DANCE.
Victor Daniel is a Nigerian student of Law and a short story writer. His short stories have been published in African literary blogs such as Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and Storried. He currently lives in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Agbaakin Oluwatoyosi Jeremiah, a Nigerian poet, studies law at the University of Ibadan. A four-time finalist of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest, he was also a finalist in the 2014 Christopher Okigbo Poetry contest and the PIN Poetry Challenge. He works have been published or are forthcoming in the Sentinel Quarterly, NIGMA Magazine, BPPC Anthology, The Kalahari Review, Sub-Saharan Magazine, NCL, Elsieisy, W. R. R, Kreative Diadem, etc.
I grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone and I work as a sports journalist for BBC World Service in London.
Ighalo Eghosa Joel is a lawyer by day and a writer at night. He is a fan of Cyprian Ekwensi and Helon Habila.
Nsah Mala is the pen name of Nsah Kenneth Toah, born on September 10th, 1988 in Mbesa, a village in the Belo sub division of Boyo Division in the North West Region of Cameroon. After primary education in CBC School, Mbesa, he went to Government Secondary School, Mbessa, studied for the GCE Advanced level in CCAST, Bambili, and got admitted into ENS Yaounde to study Bilingual Letters. He is a poet, playwright, short story writer and non-fiction essayist. He prefers to be published under the name Nsah Mala.
Iyanu Adebiyi is a Nigerian poet and spoken-word artist. She stepped into the scene on 1st October 2016 with Up Nepa. In 2017, her spoken-word video ‘I am Something’, won second place in the U.S Mission Nigeria Unity in Diversity Video Competition. In Abuja, Iyanu Adebiyi has performed in open mic, formal and informal events. Her poems and videos can be found on social media (@iyanuadebiyi). Called to the Nigerian Bar and practicing Corporate Law, Adebiyi is currently working on her forthcoming spoken word album.
Anjola Adedayo is a writer currently working on her debut novel. Born in Paris and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, her stories often reflect the emotions, struggles and triumphs of everyday life. She enjoys writing short-stories, poetry as well as spoken word.
Writer, bookworm, critic, freelance photo journalist, Dzekashu MacViban's works have appeared in Songs For Tomorrow (Cameroon Poetry in English), Palapala Magazine and Saraba Magazine. He lives in Cameroon. His blog.
Ifeanyi Nwakpoke believes that life should be talked about, all its beauty and ugliness. He lives and writes from Nsukka, a town in Eastern Nigeria.
Champion Sunday Idogun, a writer from Edo State, is currently a student of English and Literature at the University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.
Sanusi is a radio and television broadcaster. A script writer, professional voice - over artiste and recipient of PABHA AWARDS (Pan African Broadcasting & Heritage Awards), he is also a published poet. He has produced reports for CBC, radio"Global Village" programme in Canada, news organisations and he is a member of the SEARCH & GROOM initiative working for the plight of the homeless in Nigeria. Sanusi has also contributed to Community radio projects, AMP FM and Voice of Africa radio in London.
Ugwu Erochukwu Shedrach is a young African poet. Shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth youth poetry prize, his work has appeared on AceWorld, Poems and Poetry, Swquak Back, Heron's Nest and elsewhere. An enthusiast of Moral Philosophy, he holds a Degree in Soil Science from Enugu State University. He lives and writes from a little village in the same state.
Born in Western Kenya in 1979, Ndago Abenea is a social critic and freelance writer. He also teaches Literature at Kenyatta University.
Amol Awuor is a final year English Literature student at Kenyatta University. His literary commentaries and book reviews have appeared in the 'Saturday Nation', 'The Star', and 'The Standard on Saturday.' His short story 'The Last Hope' was published in the 'Jalada' online magazine.
B.M. Dzukogi is the pioneer Director-General, Niger State Book Development Agency, and former General-Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors. He founded the Hill-Top Art Centre, Minna in 2004. He has to his credit ten publications in poetry, short story, essay, interview, children’s story and aphorism. He is an art administrator responsible for the creation of many art programmes and platforms which include the Annual Schools Carnival of Arts and Festival of Songs, Nigerian Writers Series, Minna Literary Series, MBA International Literary Colloquium, National Teen Authorship Scheme, Bookhawker and many other literary initiatives in Niger State and Nigeria.
Modou Lamin Sowe (Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe) founded the Young Writers’ Association of the Gambia (YWAG) in 2012, and is currently the Assistant Secretary General at the Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG). A blogger, playwright and Scholar, he is the author of The Throne of the Ghost (drama), Spit of Misery (poetry) and The Memories of Reflection (novella).
Mojolaoluwa Caxton-Naibi (Jola Naibi) was born and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and currently resides in the USA. She has written several short stories some of which appear on her blog. Ms Naibi writes primarily in English, is fluent in French and can read and understand Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. She is the author of Terra Cotta Beauty.
Akinwale Peace Akindayo, best known as Philip Peace, resides in the Northern Central part of Nigeria. His writing seeks to portray love, loss, people (the boy) and other themes that intrigue him. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming on Barren Magazine, Ngiga Review, Nanty Greens and other online literary blogs/website. He is a contributor to the Bodies & Scars anthology. He was rated top 50 Nigerian poets, EGC 2018 ranking, alongside other nominations on BN Magazine. He can be reached on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram via Peace Akinwale.
Moses A. Uyang is a writer, poet and editor. He is the editor of North East Star online news magazine and the editor of KAREYI, a newly formed art roundup newsletter. He got a degree in English and Literature in English (B.Ed Hons.) from The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. He also holds a Diploma in Religious Studies from Marist International University College, Nairobi, Kenya. He is ever open to creative challenges and loves to love the Divine and His creatures. He is the author of The Trek, available online at: okodabooks.com
As a 20 year old young writer, studying nothing to do with writing at the University of Cape Town, I often wonder what the hell I’m doing. But I am one of three women writers in my family: both my mother and my sister are sustained by their writing. I have been a storyteller, in the least pretentious manner possible, for as long as I could speak and have carried that passion for story into my writing. I write about the post-apartheid, post-Rainbow Nation trip that young, middle-class South Africans are on. That’s all.
I am a poet, a film maker, and a social activist and my poetry has been featured in the literary magazines Apogee Journal, Origins Journal and other places.
I am Abraham Yahaya, a young aspiring writer from the middle part of Nigeria currently undertaking a degree program at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Niger state.
Hamzat Kassim is currently studying Electrical Engineering at Morgan State University. He began his writing career with poetry but has since then moved on to short stories, plays and musicals. His work has been featured in The Sable Quill and will soon be appearing in The Mithril Lode, an Anthology by the Writer's Association. Besides writing, he enjoys studying, reading for pleasure, sports and attending cultural events.
Christtie jay is a Nigerian, lawyer, freelance writer, poet and a spoken word artist who lives in Abuja, Nigeria. Christtie’s writings focus on pain, love, violence and abuse. As she likes to put it “I like to write about things people pretend not to exist”. You can find her on Instagram @christtie_jay.
Udeme Ralph is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer. He is a professional historian and a lover of philosophy. His philosophical fiction, Beyond the Veil, was published in 2013 by Westbowpress. His short stories have appeared on Storied.com, Wittyink, and other online platforms. Udeme is an alumnus of ANA/Yusuf Ali creative writing workshop.
I have been a social activist since my late teens, did my apprenticeship in Ireland and spent many privileged years living and working in different parts of Africa. I am now living in southern Spain involved in sea ecology and climate change challenges. I'm a passionate member of an international writing group with great aspirations. I love being in this amazing world and watching our unfolding at this point in our evolution.
Dele Afolabi was born in Ibadan. He studied Accounting at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He has published a collection of stories - 'Molara's Revenge' Malthouse Press. 2006
Maxwell A. Kamlongera is a 24-year-old aspiring writer from Malawi. Currently undertaking a course in Professional Writing and Translation at the University of Pretoria, he holds a degree in Journalism.
N. N. Emmanuels is from Nigeria. He is a writer, poet, avid reader, and learner of new things. Right now, he is an undergraduate at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Abdulrahman M. Abu-yaman is a Nigerian poet amateur artist. He studied Economics at IBB University, Lapai. A collector of autobiography, and a student of fashion, he participated in the Abuja Literary Society Poetry Slam 2016. His poems have appeared in London Grip magazine, Kalahari Review, Tuck Magazine, Brittle Paper, and is forthcoming in Asian Signature where he will be featured as a contemporary world poet.
Lindiwe Mpofu is a Zimbabwean immigrant in South Africa. Her writing is a reflection on being an educated black immigrant woman in post-apartheid South Africa.
Mr. Omoha studied B.A. English at the University of Jos, Nigeria and holds a Master degree in English Literature from Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. The oral defence of his PhD thesis: “Poetic Madness in African Literature” is on the list at the University of Jos. He won the 1988 Radio Moscow International Poetry Prize and his first collection of poetry: Funeral Without Death was shortlisted for the 1991 Association of Nigerian Authors’ Poetry Prize. His latest prose work, The Verdict of History: A Biography of Major-General Chris Abutu Garuba was published in May, 2008. He currently heads the Department of English, Yobe State University, Damaturu, Nigeria.
Remi Raji, a.k.a. Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, Ph.D., a lecturer at the Dept. of English, University of Ibadan, is the author of A Harvest of Laughters. The book, a poetry collection, received the Association of West African Young Writers VOCA Award for Best First Published book in 1997. It also emerged joint winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors and Cadbury Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in anthologies like Voices From The Fringe and For Ken, For Nigeria, as well as in journals and newspapers like The Guardian, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Review and The Nigerian Tribune. Raji, the widely traveled past chairman of a state branch of ANA, is currently the National Coordinator of the revived International PEN (Nigeria Center) and editor of the ANA Review, the official journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
Augustine Malizu is a lover of words and anything literature. He
writes his heart out as the muse comes. He's currently serving in Minna,
Niger State in Nigeria.
Tuntufye Simwimba is a third year law student from Malawi. He was the
overall winner of the 2008 Malawi PEN Short Story competition. He is a
contributor to the Imagine Afraid 500 short story anthology. He writes
to deal with anger and boredom.
Ndifreke George is a Nigerian Geophysics graduate and freelance writer. He has been featured on The Kalahari Review, Poems and Poetry, Social justice poetry, More than Starbucks International, Aphelion Webzine, Literary Yard, The Antartica journal, Praxis Magazine of Arts and Literature, Tuck Magazine, The Poets’ Community, Parousia Christian Magazine, Blankpaperz, Medium, All Poetry, Writers Space Africa, and Bravearts Africa. Based in Lagos, he believes in the perfect blend of work and play.
Olubela Christopher Oluwamurewa is a young budding writer and speaker. He writes poetry, short stories, reviews, essays and motivational pieces. He is a final year student of The International School, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Nigeria. He hopes to take African literature to a new level.
I like to think of myself as someone who travels across time, borders and dimensions as she pleases with nothing but her pen: a Pen-Traveller. Some of my writing has been published online and I received a Gold award from the Queens Commonwealth Writing Competition.
Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a 14 year old writer of speculative and literary fiction. He is currently working on his first novel.
Precious Okpechi is a biochemistry student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He writes to relieve his mind of its burden.
Oliver Mbamara is a NY-based lawyer and Administrative Law Judge. An actor, dramatist and poet, Mbamara is also the founder and brain behind three websites. He runs a regular column in African Newsreel and his poems and articles have appeared in diverse publications.
Wekpe, Ruru is an enthusiastic writer and a lover of literature. He writes to capture an image of himself outside himself. He loves adventure and values serenity in the society. Though a geologist, he is currently committing his Youth Service(NYSC) in Cross Rivers State, Nigeria. He hails from Aningeje village and most times posts his poems under the pseudonym Erow. You can see more of his poems on Instagram @hairmit.
Badmus Gbolahan is a fresh graduate of Law from Obafemi Awolowo University. He is a budding poet who recently stumbled into the world of creative writing and has achieved several personal literary feats, among which is being published in the Guardian Newspaper. He blogs not too regularly on acebadmus.wordpress.com.
Stephen Oladele Solanke was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1967. He is a holder of the following degrees: a BA.Ed in English Language, an ME.d in Educational Management and an MA in English (Literature). He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in English (Literature). A teacher, he has the following literary works: Poetic Analyses for Senior Secondary Schools 1998, Literature in English Guide for Junior Secondary Schools 1999, Anthology and Analyses of Poems for Senior Secondary Schools 2001, Literary Guide for Junior Secondary Schools 2004, 28 Poetic Voices 2005. A few of his poems like we are, the now, moo have been published in the works of The International Library of Poetry, America. In 1999, he won the Editor Choice Award for the poem moo which was published in The Woodland Echoes by the same body. He is also included in Jerry Agada's(ed) Five Hundred Nigerian Poets.
Caiphas Brewsters Soyapi is a Zimbabwean lawyer based in South Africa. He currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal and he is an avid reader of fiction and poetry.
Michael Oshindoro studies Literary and Textual Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He is fascinated by discourses around language, gender and women's studies, culture, and ethnicity.
Chijioke Victor Uche aka Ceejay, is many things to many people. Writer. Accountant. Blogger. Friend. Et cetera. But first and foremost, here and now, a writer. He has written stories for radio and has had his literary works published in online magazines and literary journals like KALAHARI REVIEW, YNAIJA and RUNNING OUT OF INK (Scotland). Chijioke lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Igbinigie Jesuferanmi is a Nigerian poet who loves to write about love, religion, culture and freedom. He was the former deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Stu-dents. He is also an editor and graphics designer for a forthcoming anthology titled Matrix: The Continuum (a collection of short stories and poems published by pharmacy students in the University of Ibadan)
Obaseki Emmanuel is a final year pharmacy student at the University of Benin. He is fascinated by the human mind and writing is one way he gets his musings outside. He is a lover of God and nature.
Uche Nduka is living and working in Holland. His books include Flower Child, Second Act, The Bremen Poems and Chiaroscuro. His first prose book titled Belltime Letters appeared in 2000. The winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize for 1997, his passion at the moment is organic farming.
Adura Ojo is the author of Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs, published 2014, second edition 2017. A British-Nigerian poet and writer, Adura’s poems are featured online and in print publications including: Acumen, Dryland, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The New York Times, The Poetic Pinup Revue, and The Wait Anthology. Her poem, ‘Four Corners’ was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition, July 2011. Another poem, ‘When He Comes’ was featured in a poetry competition in the New York Times in January 2017. A Pushcart prize nominee for her poem ‘Witch,’ Adura delights in letting her poems ‘misbehave.' She likes to think that poems have their own minds.
Henry Ajah is a medical student at the University of Benin, Nigeria. He’s in love with words and the things they create.
Ehizogie Iyeomoan is a Nigerian poet. His poems have appeared in Kalahari Review, Provocanyon Review, Expound magazine, Praxis online magazine, Korea-Nigeria transnational poetry anthologies, volumes 4 & 5; Boda Boda Anthem & other poems: a Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation initiative, Uganda; the New Black magazine, Asaplanet, Write Paragraphs, Lyriversity, and forthcoming elsewhere. He is an OSIWA poetry fellow and his poems have been translated into French and Italian. He won the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast Prize (5th edition) and also received honorary mention in the Castello de Diuno international poetry competition (11th edition).
Tony Marinho is a doctor, social commentator, writer and poet. He runs Educare Trust, a non-governmental organisation.
Austine Amanze Akpuda is a lecturer in the Department of English, Abia State University.
I'm 19 and I'm in my first year at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, studying veterinary medicine. I love literature and most times I find myself tearing away from school work at my own peril all in a bid to share my joys and my pains in the world of words.
Haku Jackson is an engineering student most times and a writer at other times. His short stories are mostly African dark fantasy and Science fiction. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria.
Peter kwange is a graduate of Semait School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Minna. He has a profound love for the arts. A member of the Hill-Top Arts Center, Minna, his collection of poetry titled “Deflowered” was published 2016. He has been featured in journals too.
Mtendere Alice Kishindo, Malawian poet and writer, has always been enthused by local and international female poets. Recently published in a Malawian Poetry Anthology (2013), she has also written for local newspapers and online blogs.
Kofi Antwi is a writer of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. A graduate from St. Joseph’s College MFA Creative Writing program, Kofi teaches English at St. Joseph’s College. The prolific writer was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island by parents of Ghanaian descent. His poetry has been published by, Agbowo, Writers Guild, Aaduna, and Luna.
I am a journalist and a writer currently residing in Ghana where I work as a Senior Writer for Ghana Business & Finance magazine.
My career in active, or professional journalism and writing, span over a period of 20 years and more. I started back in Nigeria, where I was born and brought up. Since December 2003, I have been resident in Ghana for more than eight years, and have just resigned as the Ghana Bureau Chief of BusinessDay newspaper to join the Ghana Business & Finance magazine.
As a writer, I have authored two books – Born Catholic, Born Charismatic (a Christian literature) and Beneath The Man (a collection of two fiction stories). At present, I have completed a collection of poems (50 of some of my poems written over a period spanning more than thirty years) awaiting publishing. When published, it would be my first published poetry collection.
Tony Tokunbo Fernandez is a man of many parts. An experimentalist who fuses poetry, graphics, sounds, animation and music, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and Literature from the University of Lagos. He later completed a program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the Frances King International Training Institute in South Kensington and went on to study Web design and Programming at the City University in the Heart of London. Currently working on a novel titled The Secrets in the Wind, he is also the Arts Online Producer of Africa Awakening, an African Arts production. He recently expanded his services to include editing documentaries and researching into home made movies. His long term dream is to get his work shown on TV Stations all over Africa and in the diaspora.
Oladipupo Akolade R. is the author of Poems from Service: The Companion, published in March, 2014.
Ebele Chizea graduated from Thiel College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy. In her spare time, she reads, writes, blogs and creates works of art. Her poetry and essays have been published in The African, The Muse (University of Nsukka Publication), The Sentinel, The Nigerian Punch and Drumtide Magazine where she currently serves as Managing Editor. She also maintains an artistic blog known as ebycreations.blogspot.com. She is currently working on her first novel, the second in progress.
The author is a Nigerian. He is currently pursuing his first degree at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He is usually enthralled by well-made works of art, especially literature. He has realized that a literary piece not shared is as insignificant as unspoken words.
Tendai Marima is a Zimbabwean currently undertaking a PhD in Zimbabwean Women's Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Keletso Mopai is a writer from South Africa whose fictional stories have been published in print and online publications such as Drum Magazine and Brittle Paper. She was selected as a mentee for the 2017 Writivism mentorship programme, on which she was mentored by Nigerian Novelist, Okey Ndibe. She is also long listed for the 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize. She has recently participated in the Short Story Day Africa Workshop. Keletso has an Honours degree in Geology.
Nurain Oladeji writes from Nigeria. His works have appeared online
and in print publications
Victor was born in Edo State, Nigeria, and grew up sorrounded by the folk traditions, spiritual festivals and art that now flower in his paintings and poems. He says of his works, "I am looking beyond the surface of everything?to commune with the spirits I have to look beyond the surface. And if we all do we will be surprised at what we see." Oddly enough, Victor who obtained his degree in English and Literature works as a UNIX Systems administrator, the interesting mixture of art and technology that the need to gestate the creative spirit until it can support itself fosters in many artists. Victor who currently resides in Maryland says the late poet and literary critic, Dr. Frank Uche Mowah, was his mentor. He is the author of Sordid Rituals, a collection of poems.
I am a Nigerian geologist, poet, essayist and storyteller. My works seek to humanize and elevate consciousness especially on the themes of love, perseverance and the dangers of apathy. My essays and
short-stories have previously been published by 1888-centre and Okada Books respectively. My current favourite writers are Warsan Shire, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Nducu wa Ngugi is an educator and writer from Kenya Currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His writing has appeared in such magazines as Wajibu and Pambazuka.
Ogbonna Ogochukwu is a student of Parasitology and Entomology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra state.
Ademola Enoch is a graduate of Project Management from The Federal University of Technology, Akure. He lives in a little town that divides Lagos and Ogun State, Nigeria. When his eyes aren't reading a book, his mouth is singing.
Kay Bature is a young writer. He is an editor at The African Street Writer and KOLA Magazine and the author of A Bellyful of Words Vol. 1 & 2, an eblogzine available at theafricanstreetwriter.com. He is currently working on a collection of stories and poetry.
Kanute Tangwa is a professional translator and freelance writer based in the Cameroons. His weblog
A photographer and writer, I raise funds for charity and work at making a difference in a world that has been better to me than to too many of my fellow humans.
Keketso Mashigo is a poet, co-author of an essays anthology: Shadows of Their Mothers, short story writer, and freelance journalist. He is a book reviewer at Pulp Review, translator and researcher at Oral History of South Africa. His work appeared on different publications including the Loocha Magazine, The New Coin, Pangolin Review, Praxis Online and Avbob Poetry. Keketso writes in Madjembeni, the rural Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanaga, South Africa.
Ese Emmanuel is an undergraduate at the University of Benin, Benin City. She has an overwhelming love for books, poetry and everything they stand for.
Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau is a Nigerian Poet and undergraduate studying Nutrition and Dietetics. He loves food, people and poetry and these things ring around his writings. He won the Eriata Oribhabor International Food poetry competition 2016, the Tony Tokunbo Fernandez International poetry competition 2015, and few others. Adedayo has contributed to anthologies and online journals like Kalahari Review. His works are forthcoming on other online journals.
Hannah Onoguwe lives in Jos, Nigeria. Her short stories have been published by Adanna Literary Journal, Litro, The Missing Slate and Cassava Republic. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to watch romantic comedies and twerk old and new recipes.
Omotoyosi Salami is a budding writer and poet who would stay in bed reading and writing everyday if she could. A lover of Yoruba traditions and culture, some of her work have been published or are forthcoming in Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review, Merak Mag and a number of other online journals. She lives in and writes from Lagos, Nigeria.
Siraj A. Sabuke lives in New Bussa, Nigeria. He has a great passion for poetry. He writes short stories and SUFI poems. He is influenced by many writers, especially Laura M. Kaminski who nurses his art of writing. Sabuke sees writing as a life that must be lived.
Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is the author of several chapbooks, including 'Experimental Ruminations' (Fowlpox Press, 2012), 'Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems' (Origami Poems Project, 2012), 'Bye, Donna Summer!' (Fowlpox Press, 2014), and 'Taste of the Edge' (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014).
Malusi Khumalo is a South African writer working between Cape Town and Durban. A University of Cape Town geology alumna, he is interested in creating and publishing fiction that explore just about anything he sees.
E.J. Simeon is a Sierra Leonean born, British writer currently resident in London, England. He studies computing at the university while pursuing his passion for creative writing.
Okoye Chukwudi Charles Ezeamalukwuo is a graduate of Geology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. He discovered his passion for writing, especially for Poetry while in the University. He is a founding member of Lyriversity Literary Group. He is a blogger and the editor of Lyriversity.wordpress.com. He lives in Lagos and Onitsha.
Andy Abulu, Civil Engineer and 3D animator is the producer of the 3D animated film, ABIKU.
Luc Ky is a Nigerian who enjoys reading fiction and finds pleasure in writing. He writes about contemporary issues that he thinks require more attention. His work has appeared on Brittle Paper.
Onyekachi Onuoha is a writer and reader of literature. He is a Street Biographer and a word collector.
Barthosa Nkurumeh received his formal art training at the University of Nigeria, an institution synonymous with the Uli style, an established school in contemporary Nigerian art which borrows from Uli body decorations, traditional wall paintings, ritual objects, etc. He has worked in several media including metal-smithing, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking and painting. His poems, drawings and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Contemporary African Art, Black Artists, The Anthill Annual, West Africa, Prisma. and New Traditions from Nigeria: Seven Artists from Nigeria. He has been featured in more than seventy art exhibition in worldwide. Nkurumeh has completed a number of artist-in-residence programs and several art workshops and lectures for schools and museums in the US. Between l993- 2000, Nkurumeh taught art at Cheyney University and Clarion University, Pennsylvania. He attended the Teachers College - Columbia University, New York for doctoral studies and he completed work on a PhD. in art education at the University of North Texas, Denton.
I like writing, have just turned forty this summer, look forward to nurturing my creative writing skills and developing my website. I have a BA Hons in African Women and Development (NELP, UK) and a Master's with Distinction Communications Policy Studies (City University, UK). I presently work for Alliances for Africa a UK charity with offices in Lagos and programmatic interventions in human rights, peace and sustainable development. I am an over stretched wife, mother, sister, cousin and aunt and only able to write at the weekends. Presently, I have just been elected Vice Chair WRITA Lagos chapter (2005 / 2007) and an ASHOKA Fellow.
Ismail Bala is a lecturer in English at Bayero University, Kano. In addition to numerous academic papers he has published his poems in many national and international journals, anthologies and newsletters. He's working on his first collection of poems.
Niran Okewole was born in September 1977. He studied Medicine at the University of Ibadan. He won the MUSON Festival Poetry Prize in 2002 and 2003. He also won the ANA (Oyo State) Drama Prize in 2000. The poems are from the collection, Logarhythms, published in 2005 by Khalam Editions. He is currently on a residency programme at the Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba,Lagos.
My name is Chesi Lumasia, born and bred in Vihiga County of Kenya. I have vast experience of teaching English and Literature at both secondary and tertiary levels, besides working in media and communications. I hold a B.Ed (Arts) and an MA in Literature from the University of Nairobi. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Literary studies at Rhodes University, South Africa.
Nana Akyempo is a poet and writer who occasionally dabbles in the pleasures of Spoken Word. His poems and essays have been published and/or are forthcoming on Three Sixty Ghana and Gird Blog. Some of his poems and essays can also be found on akyempo.wordpress.com and greymural.wordpress.com. He is the 2016 winner of the Three Sixty Writers' Challenge and recently completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and Political Science at the University of Ghana.
Okafor Emmanuel Tochukwu is an undergraduate at the University of Benin, Nigeria. He has had works published online and is working on his debut novel.
Omosun Sylvester is a writer and poet. A Technical Planning Officer at Bells University of Technology, Ota, Omosun says “I research and teach creative writing in my own spare time to students and staff, mostly centered on Conflict Resolution at the National Level, and I am the Founder and President of ‘tribalpoetry’". His blog.
I grew up in Surulere in lagos and I am working as a medical lab technologist in LUTH. I enjoy soccer in my free time and I am active also in music and poetry followed naturally from there!
Chiedoziem is a reader, lover, writer, poet who observes life closely and writes passionately about what he observes in life. He is very interested in bringing out through his writings, those things that are hardly discussed in the society. He is working hard on his first poetry chapbook "Love is not for Perfect People". His poems and nonfiction pieces have been published on Kalaharireview and Storried.
Romeo Oriogun's work has been featured (or is forthcoming) on Brittle Paper, Kalahari Review, Phases of Poetry (Sankofa), EGC Blog, etc. His Chapbook, Burnt Men is available for download on Praxis. He lives and writes in Ikare-Akoko, a town where the hills are spirits whispering words into the ears of poets.
Uche Nworah is a freelance writer, lecturer and brand scholar. He is the founder and project director of T.O.T.A.L PROJECTS, an NGO that promotes e-learning in Africa. He lives in London and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am Olufemi Agunbiade, a Nigerian based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. I studied Sociology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Now, I am married, happily with a pigeon pair and my hobbies, above several others, are topped by reading voraciously and writing short stories. I have contributed to ShortSharpStories anthology 2017 and Odd Magazine. I love reading passionately. It is the water of life to me.
Charles Nhamo Rupare is of Shona origin, born and raised in Zimbabwe. He currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa, but works across the Afrikan continent and other parts of the world. Charles Nhamo’s interests span many disciplines. He is an award-winning Afrikan-centred brand specialist, curator, percussionist, Poet, writer and an all round Pan-Afrikan instigator of thought. He is the founder of Sankofa Republik, a Pan African Creative Hub. He is artistic Director at TEDXJohannesburg, and contributing editor for ProudlyAfrikan.org. He is passionate about collaborations with other Afrikan creatives. He is currently working on his first fictional novel centered around the impact of witchcraft on Afrikan families.
Peace Mbengei was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a scriptwriter, playwright, fiction writer and medical doctor. She is an avid reader of African fiction. Her story ‘Losing Papa’ was longlisted for the Writivism 2019 short story competition. She caught the writing bug when she was a little girl. Unfortunately, they are yet to find a cure and she hopes they never do.
I am a writer based in Lagos. I do a bit of freelance journalism and scriptwriting, but my mainstay is short stories with an ethnic flavor. I have a poetry book and I am working on two novels.
Chidi Anthony Opara is a Nigerian Poet and News reporter. He obtained a professional diploma in Advertising from Century Communications Academy, New Delhi, India, in 1985 and subsequently, worked in the private sector where he rose to managerial positions and thereafter, became a private consultant.
He is the founder of a public information project called Chidi Opara Reports. Married with children, some of Opara's poems are collected under the titles Homeland Melodies and Other Poems and Moonlight Monologue and Other Poems. His works are also available on websites like Poemhunter.com and AuthorsDen.com.
Adewusi G. David is a content and creative writer who studies in the University of Ibadan. His works have appeared on Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, The Naked Convos and others. He currently interns at Praxis Magazine as an editorial intern. Also, he edits for a Canadian-based Magazine, Echelon Review. He is an alumnus of the Sprinng Literary Movement (SLM) Mentorship Program. Also, he is a one-time invitee to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum. David enjoys smiling; it makes him feel alive.
Temitope Atunrase lives in Lagos as a Logistics Manager by day and a closet Poet by night. She started writing Poetry at the age of 10 when she lost her mother and needed an outlet for the pain. Temitope occasionally performs at Open mic events across the city. She is working on her first chapbook.
Cheluchi Onyemelukwe is currently a doctoral candidate in law at Dalhousie University, Canada. Her short fiction has been published in Author Africa 2006, Farafina Online Magazine and is forthcoming in Open Wide Magazine and elsewhere.
Donny Kingsley Okoh studied Telecommunications Engineering and ICT before abandoning them for a career in creative writing. He has Bsc degrees in Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technology and a HND in creative writing.
As a writer in the Nigerian Home movie industry and theatre, he has written many screen/stage plays amongst which are: Frontmasters (2005), Irene Hope (2004), Cocoanut Princess (2004), Sound of the drum (2002) and many more.
As a writer in England, he has written many stage plays some of which are Cultural Conflict (2005), Talking Drum (2006) and Dancing Monkey (2006).
He has equally taught drama and creative writing as parts of literature in secondary schools in Nigeria and was the national secretary of the Screen Writers Guild of Nigeria (2004-2005).
The author currently works as a systems Analyst during the day and works as a writer during the night. Unsung Song is his first collection of poems.
Abukutsa Moses teaches English and Literature. He is a student of life, a perennial optimist and an intractable dreamer. Abukutsa was shortlisted in the 2017 Nalif Literary contest in Kenya for his short story ‘Abraham’s cremation’. He has also published a poem with Praxis online magazine for the arts and a short story with Kikwetu literary magazine. Of all troubles, he enjoys the trouble of reading and writing the most.
Adebayo Temitope navigates the forgotten essence of his roots through poetry. His poems are mainly about the black man's heritage, history, woes and future.
Born in Kano, the cosmopolitan commercial headquarters of Northern Nigeria, Kayode Aderinokun was educated both in Nigeria and the United States. A regular contributor to national newspapers in Nigeria, he is a successful businessman with interest in banking, mining and commerce. And poetry of course! A past chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Lagos Chapter, Kayode's maiden collection of selected poems, Inferno In the Rain, has been described as 'a remarkable achievement.' He lives in Nigeria. Kayode is happily married with children.
Tatenda is a steadily rising Zimbabwean poet. She is passionate about writing, mainly focused on areas of self-love, healing, growth and African empowerment. She has been published in a number of journals, including Women of Inspiration. She is an active public speaker and an art activist. Instagram: @tenda.tat
Uche Osita James is a 400 level law student at the University of Nigeria. He is the current President of the Nwokike Literary Club and under his administration, a fifth literary journal titled "Surugede" was published in the name of the club. A freelance writer, he is working on his first novel.
Falade Oluwakayode was born in Nigeria. He is a leisure photographer, songwriter and storyteller. Currently in Lagos, he is curious as to how Art can change his being. So, when he is not writing, he is thinking of other Arts.
A lawyer with a firm in Lagos, the poems featured here may be Osita Okoroafor's first public exhibition of his works. He has an unpublished collection of 90 poems titled Graveside Chronicles. He is also exploring writing plays. In his words, poetry "is a thread of nostalgia woven by the needle of life's experiences into a mosaic of enchanting dreams, pains - and sometimes nightmares".
I'm a student. I think. I write. I read. I'm a lover of creativity. You can reach me on Facebook at Ann Fina.
My name is Suzanne Ushie. I am a twenty five year old woman from Cross River State and a graduate of English and Literary Studies from University of Calabar. Currently, I am a copywriter in an advertising agency in Lagos. I've contributed to elan (nextonsunday) and my dream is to become a well known author. It wouldn't be bad if I am the first Nigerian author to have a number one book on the New York Times Bestseller List. When I am not filling my head with lofty dreams, I like to curl up with a good book, catch up with my girlfriends or Tweet.
Fon Tuma is a twenty-four year old poet and author, born in English-speaking Cameroon. His debut literary work 'Talk of the Night' is currently undergoing publication review. It is a collection of smouldering, recondite prose marked by a propensity toward nocturnal and humanistic themes. He is currently working on a historical fiction set in Pre-Colonial Cameroon which bellows the advent of the Germans and the tribal resistances that followed.
Raised Roman Catholic, he is an ardent Agnostic and in his own words, harbors 'A wanderer's foot'. Fon Tuma has lived in Bangalore, India for the last 4 years.
Okwesili Bryan Joe is an African writer born in the southern part of Nigeria. He enjoys soliloquy (I have more conversations in my head than I have in real life) as much as he reads novels. He is currently a student of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
Barnabas I. Adélékè is primarily a haiku poet, an artist and amateur photographer. His verses, amongst other awards, have won the Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President's Award in the 6th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in Akita, Japan and Grand-Prize in the 19th Haiku International Association Haiku Contest in Tokyo, Japan. Barnabas is a student and teacher of haiku, a member of the African Haiku Network and ambassador to Nigeria for the United Haiku and Tanka Society, USA.
Olajumoke Omisore lives in Lancashire. She is currently a student at the University of Central Lancashire. As a school girl, she lived in the quiet town of Abeokuta. She finds fiction writing a blessing.
Ifeoluwa Ayandele graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His poems have appeared in Kin Poetry Journal and Brittle paper under the name Ifeoluwa 'Dele. His poems have also appeared in "Footmarks: Poems on One Hundred Years of Nigeria’s Nationhood.”
Wazani Ijarafu, an alumnus of the ANA/Yusuf Ali creative writing workshop, is a poet from Nigeria. Faith Tallam is a poet from Kenya.
Born January 18, 1982 in Nigeria, Bode Asiyanbi has a degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and currently works in one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria. He was the 2005 Winner of the BBC African Performance Playwriting prize. He also writes for the BBC world service trust in Nigeria.
Mobolaji Adenubi, is the author of five books, namely: Splendid, Empty Arms, Tales From Times Before, Creation and Other Stories and FS The Man and His Times. A graduate of Reading University, Berkshire (UK), Swansea University, Wales (UK), and Stanford University in California, she retired from the Federal Civil Service in Nigeria to devote her time to writing short stories, biographies and novels. The pioneer president of Women Writers of Nigeria and past vice chair of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Lagos Chapter, Adenubi won the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka sponsored All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Literature in 1995.
Indigo Ife is trying to juggle life in a sixth form college and an internal existential crisis. He writes poems because he believes that through this form of Art, he’s able to get a glimpse of his true Self and the sensation of the Self is a temporary state of bliss. Ife’s poetry is in a synergy of some sort with tragedy and nature. Nature because there’s a placement of Beauty in everything; all we have to do is look for it. Tragedy because life is but a play of inevitable sadness. If Ife isn’t writing, you’ll probably see him reading a book or hanging out with his friends.
Adams Adeosun is a lover of literature and all things literary. A student of architecture at LAUTECH, he is writing stories and poems when he is not hunched over a drawing table. He believes in free expression through the pen and dreams of travelling across the continent of Africa.
Obinna Udenwe is the author of 'Satans & Shaitans' (Jacaranda Books UK, 2014), a conspiracy crime fiction on terrorism, jihad and love.
Omo’ba Olumide Olalekan Idowu, a Poet and Public analyst is a Senior Executive with Bluebird Communications Limited, a Lagos based Integrated Marketing Communications Company. His website.
Niyi Juliad lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Born to a mother who used to be an oral traditional poetry performer, like her father whose gift in oral traditional poetry was well-known among his contemporaries.
Some of his works have been published in some literary magazines and national newspapers. Some have recently been accepted for publication in the annual literary magazine of Poetry International, San Diego State University.
He is currently working on a novel and a book on poetry.
Chukwuemeka Akachi is a poetry editor for The Muse, a journal of creative and critical writing of the Department of English and Literary Studies, UNN. He was longlisted in the Okike Prize for poetry competition and was also in the honourable mentions. He writes and lives in Nsukka. He is a dreamer and a poet.
As teenage years move to adulthood, Michael Larry finds himself caught up in literature. The lover of poetry writes from a hot space lost in Nigeria, waddling between bright morning sun and dark night shadows, his sources of inspiration.
Anietie Isong grew up in Nigeria. He has a BA in Communication and Language Arts (University of Ibadan) and an MA in Globalization and Communication (University of Leicester). He has worked as a script writer and producer for FRCN. Some of his short stories have been published in Okike, Farafina Online, In Posse Review, Commonwealth Broadcaster, and Spirit of the Commonwealth. He has won a Commonwealth Short Story award and a MUSON Poetry award. He was also the second prize winner in the inaugural Olaudah Equiano Prize for Fiction.
Hana Njau-Okolo was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She currently lives and works as a Legal Assistant at a national law firm. Hana is Vice-Chairperson of The Association of Kenyan Professionals in Atlanta, a non-profit whose mission is to promote the wellbeing of its members through the mobilization of resources and talents. Hana is also founder of a non-profit cultural organization engaged in promoting African culture and education for children, the Njau Foundation. Hana is the daughter of pioneer African artists: author Rebeka Njau and artist Elimo Njau; she writes poetry and prose in her spare time. She and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia with their three beautiful children.
My name is Olanrewaju Moses. I am a law student and writer from University of Ibadan. My poems have been published in Writers Space Africa Magazine and various anthologies across the globe.
Yaw Panfo is a poet and blogger at African Poetry and Stories for your Soul. He will be graduating this year from the Economics and Information Studies programme at the University of Ghana. He is interested in writing and believes that poetry can trigger development and education, a journey of rediscovering the self. He is currently working to publish his first collection of poems.
Ivor W. Hartmann is a Zimbabwean writer living between Harare and Johannesburg. He publishes StoryTime, an African fiction ezine. His fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in various magazines, including Farafina and African Writing. His short story, Earth Rise, was nominated in 2009 for The Ursa Major Award. Another short story, Mr. Goop, was awarded The Baobab Prize in 2009.
Othuke Isaac Umukoro is a poet, playwright & short story writer. His demons have appeared in Brittle Paper, Ink in Thirds, Poetry Potion (South Africa) & elsewhere. He likes Quentin Tarantino & Alice Walker & Derek Walcott. When bored, he watches Everybody Hates Chris.
John Oyewale is a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. His fiction and essays have appeared in Naija Stories, The Nigerian Telegraph and Short Story Day Africa.
My name is Austin Kaluba. I am a journalist with the national paper Times of Zambia. I am currently doing a creative writing course at Oxford University.
Olumide is a great admirer of Wole Soyinka and Niyi Osundare. A graduate of Law from the Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, Olumide reads avidly and has a great love affair with television. He writes poetry, drama and prose.
Oma is a creative currently living in Kaduna, Nigeria. She wishes to explore the world through poetry and short reads. Her work is forthcoming in journals. She enjoys acting and fashion.
Onis Sampson is an award-winning Nigerian author, poet, short-story writer, playwright, and practicing lawyer. His collection of poems, A City is talking inside my head was published recently by Proofnet Press. His poems and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Vinyl Poetry, Authorpedia, Tuck Magazine, Noise Medium, Praxis Mag, African Eyeball anthology.