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.
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 He has written one unpublished epic poem title “Horsemen” and a handful of other shorter unpublished poems.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ogbonna Ogochukwu is a student of Parasitology and Entomology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olude S. Peter is a Fine artist, Writer and Poet. He hails from Nigeria. His poems, he says, sing out sighing messages and give calmness a cure. He, at his leisure time, lies in a silent cave permutating rubiks and sketching deep inks of fine chiaroscuro...
Princely Hope Glorious is a Tanzanian-born poet and writer currently residing in Kenya. His debut short story, "Thrill Hill," was shortlisted in Kwani? Trust's 'The Kenya I Live In' short story contest.
My father is a published poet and once a member of ANA, Kaduna chapter. Also my eldest brother, Mr. Samuel Umukoro, is an author and a journalist for the Vanguard. Last year, he published his first book (a compilation of short stories) entitled, Once upon a Monday. My infant steps begun in a small town known as Kawo, in Kaduna State, Nigeria. I grew up with the cows and fulanis. Wherein I was enchanted by the undefiled beauty of nature: beholding the green green graze, ears of legume dancing in the wind and gazing at the sun sailing on the bosom of River Kaduna every noon, also the small hills that crouched around. When I was barely eight years old, I was stolen from my love. Because my father had to move over to buzzing Lagos state, to better his lot. I saw Lagos as a dame whose maiden beauty has wilted. My romance with poetry started when I left high school. Though while in high school, I offered literature, but the yearning to write grew in my heart when I finished. And the Bible is my greatest source of inspiration, from it I learn to appreciate poetry and literature as a whole. Because I saw that even the Bible contains the three forms of literature: poetry, prose and drama. Currently, I work as an elementary Maths/English coach. Lastly, my soul's sole dream, is to weave a unique style into the poetic art, perhaps step into the wide sandals of Professor Wole Soyinka, Niyi Osundare and the host of others.
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.
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.
Omohan EBHODAGHE – BA, PGDE, is a poet and novelist. Omohan Ebhodaghe’s works are TWENTY NIGERIAN WRITERS: PORTRAITS, co-edited, 1993; HIGHTOWER, 2007, Africa World press, USA; and, IN THE MIDST OF LOAFERS, 2011, Chipmunka, UK. His forthcoming works are PHOTOCOPIES & ORIGINAL, A HEALING FREEDOM and ONLY FOOLS DIE and other stories. He lives and works in London, UK.
I am a dynamic creative/fictional writer from Nairobi, Kenya, who has written and published widely online and offline.
A. Igoni Barrett was born in the coastal city of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. His first book, a collection of short stories titled 'From caves of rotten teeth', was published in 2005. His short fiction has been published in the print magazines Nigeria Monthly and Farafina, and on several online magazines, amongst which are laughterloaf, barfingfrog.com, fictionville.net, laurahird.com and stickmanreview.com. He was a winner of the 2005 BBC World Short Story Competition.
Pious Okoro writes in from Chicago. An educator with the Chicago Public School, he received a Masters degree in Biology from Chicago state University in 1998. His poems have been published in journals and newspapers such as Warpland, Sentinel, Sunday Times, Times international, Weekly Sunray and Weekly Democrat. He won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in 1998.
Odukoya Adeniyi is an undergraduate at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is a lover of art and music.
Michael ‘Wudz’ Ochoki is a Kenyan poet and memoirist residing in Sudan. He co-founded Eldoret Poets Association – a group of poets from Western Kenya; One-Night Stand Poetry – a monthly performance platform; and he is the editor for EPA’s annual anthology. Winner of KOLA: African Street Writers Awards, his poems have appeared or shortlisted or performed in BN Poetry, Kenya Drama Festivals, StoryMoja, Praxis Magazine, Kalahari Review, several anthologies, magazines and blogs. His muse is art, mysticism, human nature and philosophy. He’s currently working as a journalist and educator in war-torn northern Sudan states.
Femi Morgan is the curator of Artmosphere, one of Nigeria's leading
arts, culture and Literature events in Nigeria.
Odili Ujubuoñu has a Political Science degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is an Advertising Copywriter, working in an Agency in Lagos, Nigeria. He has published two novels Pregnancy of the Gods - 2006 - ANA/Jacaranda Prose Prize Winner (2006) and Treasure in the Winds - 2008.
Chika Okeke is an artist, curator and art historian. His own work has been shown in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. He has co-curated such groundbreaking shows as Seven Stories at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1995), The Short Century at the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2001) as well as the Nigerian pavilion at the First Johannesburg Biennale. He is an academic consultant for Documenta11, Kassel. Okeke is a member of AKA Circle of Artists, and the Committee for Relevant Art, Lagos. He has written widely on the work of Nigerian and African artists. His current research at Emory University, Atlanta is on Nigerian art during the independence decade.
O. Chiedozie Kelechi Danjuma is a student of Law. His poems have appeared on Kalahari Review, Boom, Praxis Magazine. He has a forthcoming chapbook titled ‘if i could write in water’
Known by the name I.J. Kalia, Innocent Joseph Kalia is a Nigerian poet, author, writer, educator and entrepreneur. He published his first novel, Beside Heavens in 2011 and in late 2013, I.J. Kalia and Happy Mosez published Streams of Blue Flames, a collection of love poems. In 2015, he published Rusted Guitar Strings with AuthorHouse, UK, his single debut collection of poetry. He sees writing poems as his voice of expression. I.J. Kalia is a product of Nasarawa State University, Keffi and NTI Kaduna. He is a founding member of Grinlemon Literary Society and also a member of AWF (Abuja writers’ forum).
My name, Amandla, has been so profusely and profoundly proclaimed by the past leaders of my country. I grew up in a small family of 4 in Queenstown, in the Eastern Province (Eastern Cape) in South Africa. I spent most of my early childhood days on the beautiful grounds of Queens College. I am currently a Law Student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. I have had a piece titled “The Real Her” published in the NMMU Arts and Culture book called “Expressions within”, published August 2012. I have also been elected as the Chairperson of the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter in 2012 and the President of NMMU Toastmasters in 2013. I am the founder of a Non-Profit Organization called the Nikilitha Foundation, which, in English, means “to give light”.
Olakitan is a feminist, writer, lover of music and the sight of good food; she writes to express herself, to start conversations and also, to exorcize herself.
Femi Eromosele, a teacher, resides in Lagos. He takes pleasure in reading and telling stories.
Michael Achile Umameh is a Nigerian doctoral student of Mathematics Education at the University of Leeds. The author poetry collections "Memoir of the Reluctant Prodigal" (2006) and "The Mills of the Gods and Other Rented Tears" (2011) is eclectic in his approach to literature and art.
Nwachukwu Egbunike is a blogger, book publisher and author of a book of socio-political essays, “Dyed Thoughts: A Conversation In and From My Country”. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Mrs. Owo is a Batonu woman married to an Ijebu man. Her short story 'Changing Ways' was published by Silverfish Books in 2004 while she was a biology major in Universiti Sains Malaysia. As an African youth growing up in Asia she turned to writing to express the inner longing for her continent. Now as a woman back in Nigeria she writes mainly because there is no better way to spend her time.
Michael Ifeanyi Akuchie is a firefly, writer, poet, story teller & Nigerian by origin. His works have appeared online and in print on Praxis Magazine Online, Prose & Poetry Hood, Tuck Magazine, Dwarts Magazine, Ace World, Storried, Syncity, Antarctica Journal & elsewhere. A recipient of the 2017 Black Pride Magazine award for excellence in poetry, he studies English & Literature at the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Ogana D. Okpah is studying plant science and biotechnology at Nasarawa State University, Nigeria. He has been published in The New Black Magazine.
Goodnews Mememugh Karibo studies Mechanical engineering at Rivers State University, Nigeria. His poems, over time, have been published in online magazines all over the globe. He writes from Port Harcourt.
Tolu Daniel is a writer. His works have appeared both in print and
online. He is the Social Media Associate and Assistant Editor at
Afridiaspora. You can find him on twitter via @iamToluDaniel
Dr Ejine Okoroafor-Ezediaro hails originally from the illustrious town of Oguta, Imo State, Nigeria. She holds a B.Sc. (Physics) from University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria and MBBS from the Vinnica State Medical University, Ukraine. Ejine divides her time between the United Kingdom where she practices Medicine and New York where her spouse resides while trying to secure a permanent post in the USA after securing her ECFMG certificate.
Jekwu Ikeme is a scientist, poet and public affairs commentator. He obtained his MSc and PhD from Oxford University and De Montfort University, both in the United Kingdom. He has had poems featured in Okike - an African journal founded by Chinua Achebe, and ANA Review - the official journal of Association of Nigerian Authors. His poem was also featured in "Halala Madiba", a collection of poetry in honor of Nelson Mandela. He has two unpublished collection of poems: Encumbered we stand akimbo and The coming of light or the crucifixion of darkness. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers in Newspapers, anthologies and journals around the world. He currently lives in the US where he runs his corporation.
Bernard Baffour-Awuah, a Ghanaian-born lecturer in statistics and demography at an Australian university, grew up in Zimbabwe and Scotland. He is interested in African literature, especially the complex narratives underlying our oral traditions that sometimes get lost when translated into the English language. This is his first published piece of non-academic writing.
Abayomi Zeal Akinmade is a student of English and Literary Studies at Kogi state University, Anyigba.
Yokoniya Chilanga is a Malawi writer and a Master of Arts in Philosophy student at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi. He contributes feature articles to one of Malawi’s daily newspapers, The Daily Times.
My name is Cletus Nelson Nwadike and I was born in Nigeria. I have lived in Sweden for almost two decades and I have published four books of poetry and a children's book called The Elefant in the Mirror, illustrated by Annelie Johansson. My first poetry collection called A Short Black Poem has been translated and published in the US by CC. Marimbo Berkeley, Ca. I have received four awards for my work. I also write short stories for the radio. I try to write but words are not enough...
Innocence Silas Katricia is a Nigerian poet, book reviewer and photographer whose works have appeared on various online platforms and anthologies.
I am Chisom Okwara. I'm seventeen. I live in Aba, Abia state, Nigeria. I love singing, listening to music and watching TV. I just started writing
recently and I hope to grow with time.
"I grew up around women, strong loving women that taught me how to live and how to love. I've always been an emotional lady, and I guess that is where my love for poetry and the written word comes into play, for what is Poetry without Life and vice versa?"
Kwegan grew up in London, England and only relocated to the US (where she has been sharpening her talents for penning poetry) a few years ago. She hasn't been published in any major anthology or literary magazines yet, but that's only a matter of time. She is currently working on a Poetry CD (with some other poets), and a "Poetic/Artistic book centered on the black sub-soul culture in America expressed through words"
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.
Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha is a multitalented young woman with a natural flair for the arts. She wrote her first unpublished novel at the age of six and has been writing poems, scripts, short stories, and songs since then, which were mainly for leisure. One of her poems, “The New Yam Festival,” won second prize in a nationwide poetry competition in 1983. She was the recipient of the silver prize at the Kanagawa World Biennial Children's art competition in Japan in 1987. By profession, Chigozie is an ophthalmic surgeon and an avid researcher. She draws inspiration from God and from the love of her family. She is married to Joseph McCarthy Mbadugha, a legal practitioner and visiting professor of international arbitration, and resides in Lagos, Nigeria. Beyond the Trial is her first published work.
Jaiyeola Jeffrey is an uncanny blend. Poet, Songwriter, Author and Hip Hop Rap/Spoken Word artist...He was born in Lagos Nigeria,in his Lagos Island hometown (he will vehemently oppose you if you declare Lagos a 'No man's land'). As a kid, he was influenced by Local Poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and later on caught up with the works of the Late Ken Saro Wiwa. he also read almost anything he could lay his hands upon, including Yoruba poetry. Shakespare and a host of other poets would later make their mark on his mind. By the time he was in high school, he started writing his own rhymes and short stories which continued till the University. He had a career to pursue, and since no one would understand a Scientist with a passion for the arts, his pieces were only performed during his stints as Comedian/Musical Programme Anchorman. A long hiatus followed, during which time he obtained a first degree as a Geologist and a Masters in Applied Geophysics. He would later pick up his pen with a passion to make his mark and contribute his own quota. Jeffrey was involved in the Poetry For Charity Vol 1 and 2 Project along with other poets, which was compiled by Chiedu Ifeozo. He currently runs a blog called RANTINGS OF THE TALAKAWA, which he describes as Tantrums of the disenchanted.
Mbizo Chirasha was born in 1978 in Zvishavane District in Zimbabwe, and was inspired by his social surroundings at a young age. As a young man, Mbizo quickly gained prominence as a performing poet and writer both in Zimbabwe and internationally. The themes of his poetry include children's rights, politics, social lives, gender issues, praise and protest, culture and African pride. Mbizo's poems can be read in print, but are even more powerful when performed by the dynamic poet himself. With a vision of using his poetry to promote peace, healing, stability, and cultural freedom, Mbizo is a poet with commitment, talent, and a desire to perform whenever and wherever he can.
Bayowa, Ayomide Micheal is a writer, cinematographer, actor and director. He goes by the name "Ayomi". He studies Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan. His poem "The Flood" was shortlisted for the 2017 Christopher Okigbo Inter-University Poetry Prize. His poem "How to Break-Loose from the Battle Field" was long-listed for the 2018 Nigeria Students' Poetry Prize. His poem has appeared on praxis-magazine online. His first chapbook titled 'Stream of Tongues (The Watercourse of Voices)' was published by Poets in Nigeria Initiative. He believes the fear of coffee is the beginning of wisdom.
Nana Arhin Tsiwah is a disciple of Pan-African Consciousness, a Village
Servant, a Cultural Ideologist and a student of Akanism. Tsiwah, a Linguist performist of Mfantse-Akan Ancestry, writes from Cape Coast, Ghana.
Awi Oluwafisayo is a student of Medicine & Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Stanley Princewill McDaniels is a Nigerian poet currently writing from Ondo State where he is completing a degree in Political Science. His poems have appeared on Bakwa Magazine, Kalahari Review, Deep Water Literary Journal, Tuck Magazine, Lunaris Review, & elsewhere.
muna chinedu is tough and tender. he writes from Enugu, Nigeria. you can connect with him on instagram @munakraftmuse
I am a graduate of French from The University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Currently, I am studying for my masters in professional French/English translation at the University of Portharcourt. I am passionate about poetry, bilingual communication, and impacting my kind through development practice.
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.
Oluwafemi Oloidi has an M.A. degree and he is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is an artist, poet and a fashion designer. Oloidi, the author of two novels, Shoeless Night and In Their Own World, is currently working on his third.
Gbenga Adesina, a poet, bioremediation scientist, essayist and collector of fiction in several languages, is very much interested in the resurgence of artistry and intermediation of knowledge currently sweeping across Africa. He is interested in the modern, difficult to define African narratives of his generation and the obscure narratives in indigenous African languages and how inter-textual relationships and digital adaptations might help take these new offerings to the world.
Peter Wuteh Vakunta was born and raised in the village of Bamunka-Ndop in Cameroon where he worked as senior translator at the Presidency of the Republic before immigrating to America. He is an alumnus of Sacred Heart College-Mankon. Vakunta obtained his Bachelor degrees in Cameroon and Nigeria; MA and MSE degrees in Cameroon and the U.S.A. At present, Vakunta and his family live in Madison, U.S.A. He teaches in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is also completing his PhD dissertation titled: Translation in Literature: Indigenization in the Francophone Text. Vakunta is poet, storyteller and essayist. His published works include Better English: Mind Your P's and Q's, Lion Man and Other Stories (short stories), Brainwaves (poems), Pandora's Box (poems). African Time and Pidgin Verses (poems), Square Pegs in Round Holes (essays) and It Takes Guts (essays). Vakunta's literary works have earned him several awards in the U.S.A, U.K and Africa.
Odhiambo Kaumah is a Kenyan born Secondary school teacher of Mathematics and Chemistry. Besides, he is a poet and creative writer whose works have been performed at the Kenyan Music Festival to the national level. His poetry has a deep foundation in the culture of the Luo Community of Kenya intertwined with universal philosophies of an ethical African society. He also writes motivational stories based on students’ life, some of which have been published in the Global Students Integrity Centre magazine.
Trust Tonji writes from Porto Novo, Republic of Benin. His poetry has appeared in Prachya Review, Synchronized Chaos, The Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, The Electronic Pamphlet and elsewhere.
Leroy Mthulisi Ndlovu is a writer born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He loves to write stories about his life and those around him. He has a degree in Computer Science but writing is his first love. He has published in a local newspaper, as well as online. He is also an amateur actor, having featured in Qiniso, Jane The Ghost and Moonlight Cross. He starred in the Web Series Qhwaya.
Godspower Oboido is a Nigerian poet, playwright, writer and social entrepreneur whose style is greatly influenced by classical literature as much as it is by the buzz of modern society. He was a finalist in the Future Nigeria Awards, 2010, where he was among 100 of the best and brightest Nigerians under thirty. Godspower Oboido’s works have been published in The Istanbul Review, Saraba Magazine, Nathaniel Turner and elsewhere. His first poetry collection, Songs of a Chicken Bone, is due out in early 2014.
Olufunmi 'Renikeji Aluko is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. Her poem, Wandering Souls, received the first prize at the Youth Poetry Competition organized by the Italian Embassy sponsored Communion and Liberation Movement. Published in the Association of Nigerian Authors poetry anthology, A Volcano of Voices, her poems have also appeared in The Guardian newspapers. An actress, singer and freelance journalist, Aluko also writes short stories and plays.
Anifowoshe Ibrahim is a law student at the University of Lagos. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in the Lex Observer, The WRICON Review, The New Ink, Imbube Short story Collection, The Nigerian Students Poetry Prize Anthology (2018), and elsewhere. A finalist for the KreativeDiadem Poetry Competition (2017), when he isn’t writing cases and sections, he is working on his next piece. You can see more of his work on this blog ibankhandripping and follow him on Twitter @ibankhanwrites.
Clenching the art of the spoken word, Rudolph 'RUDDAPOET' Adidi was conceived and for him poetry became second nature. Born inspired upon the green hills of Central Nigeria in Jos, Plateau State, Rudolph inspires through his poetry and art, resonating the romance and freedom of Nature's Priests, William Wordsworth, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Khalil Gibran, Carl Hertnon, Leonell Echa, just to mention a few, combined with the depth and passion of 21st century legend Chinua Achebe, Rud-DA-Poet expresses himself in a style original to him-Urban Poetry. This Architecture major is a crusader in that field. Ruddapoet is a multiple award winning spoken word poet who has claimed many stages around the country and commands both sides of the human brain with Architectural Poetry!
Malusi Mwongeli is a Kenyan writer and a graphic designer. She writes to calm herself because her fingers can't stay still. She would like to be an avid traveler and a certified chicken taster. When she’s not making lists,
on Twitter or eating chicken, she’s probably thinking about it. Her work has been published on Afreada and she has some forthcoming publications on the Kalahari Review.
I am a full-time writer living in the United Kingdom. My love for English has always pushed me to write stories and compose poetry.
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.
Nkateko Masinga is a South African poet and 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. She writes for Odd Magazine and Green Black Tales and is the Contributing Interviewer for Poetry at Africa In Dialogue, an online interview magazine that archives creative and critical insights with Africa’s leading storytellers.
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.
Dare Tunmise is a Nigerian poet and essayist born and raised in Ibadan, an ancient city in West Africa. His works which mostly seek to be a compass, a radius searching into the loss and struggles of others, have been published or are forthcoming on the Nigerian Voice, the Nigerian Tribune, Akewi Arts House and elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mali Kambandu lives in Lusaka with her husband and their two children. While storytelling came early for her, she only began writing for pleasure after university at Juniata College, but it is now a lifeline to her. Mali's most cherished book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In 2018, Mali won the Kalemba Short Story Prize for her story ‘A Hand to Hold’ and was shortlisted for the Writivism Short Story Award for her story The Photograph.
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.
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.'
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.
Tares Oburumu is a graduate of philosophy from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He’s a lover of God and his daughter Sasha.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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