Currently working on his PhD in New York, Adesokan has received several awards, including the 1998 PEN Center USA West Freedom To Write award, the first Villa Aurora Writer-In-Exile Award and a fellowship at the International House of Writers in Austria. Also a winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prose Prize, Adesokan was a visiting scholar at the University of California, LA. A writer, journalist, critic, columnist and author of Roots in the Sky and Sea of Forgetting, Adesokan was imprisoned for several months by the infamous Abacha regime that took the pauperization and looting of Nigeria to the max.
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.
Al-kasim Abdulkadir’s works have appeared in the anthology Dance steps at Dawn, Echoes of young minds, Drum voices Revue (Uni. of S/Carolina U.S.A Eng. Dept. Journal), Unique Madmen. (ANA Niger anthology of short stories), Verses in Absencia, Melody of stones (PEN Nigeria Centre), Pregnant skies, New Beginnings (British Council Nigeria). In 2004, he was the writer in residence at the Foundacion Valparaiso, Spain. Aside writing short fiction and poetry, he works as a broadcaster in Abuja, Nigeria.
Alexander K. Opicho
Alexander Ernesto Khamala Namugugu Opicho was born in Bokoli village, Bungoma District, in the former Western provice of Kenya. He went to primary and secondary schools in Western Kenya. He studied Accountancy, then governance and leadership at the University. He is currently pursuing a Phd course in management. He has two wives; Literature is the first. He has published poetry with Ghana poetry foundation, the East African Standard and on AfricanWriter.com. He has published online more than two hundred essays, several literary criticisms and over six hundred poems. His five books are with the publisher. He believes that the praxis of literature is the practice of freedom.
Alexander Nderitu is a Kenyan Writer and IT expert. In 2001, he became one of Africa's first 'digital novelists' with the Internet publication of his signature thriller, 'When the Whirlwind Passes'. In 2004, he was nominated for the Douglas Coupland Short Story Award for his spy story, 'Life as a Flower'. In late 2007, Nderitu won a Theatre Company prize for his comedic stage play, 'Hannah and the Angel'. In 2009, two short Nderitu stories, 'Rock and Republic' and 'A Cold Day in December' were both shortlisted in the Kwani?-organised writing competition whose theme was 'The Kenya I Live In.' His most recent works are: 'The Moon is Made of Green Cheese' (poetry) and 'Kiss, Commander, Promise' (short stories). His literature is available in English, Japanese and Arabic.
Born in Calabar, Cross Rivers State of Nigeria, Orok is the CEO of Xecutive Poets International, a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria.
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).
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.
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”.
Amatoritsero (Godwin) Ede
Amatoritsero (Godwin) Ede is a poet and MA student of literature at the Hannover University in Germany. He has had poems featured in Voices From The Fringe, Junge Nigerianische Lyrik, The Fate of Vultures (BBC Prize winning poems) and a host of journals, newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Collected Poems: A Writer's Pains & Caribbean Blues. Ede won in 1998 the All Africa Okigbo Prize for Literature. He is a founding member of the German chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors.