Ufuoma Bakporhe is a nineteen year old student and writer from Delta State, Nigeria. She is currently in her third year in the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University studying Law. Ufuoma has a novel on child autism published in 2014 by Emotion Press titled ‘Lettars from an Imbecile’. She is currently on her second work, a collection of short stories. She enjoys literature and the creative arts.
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye is on the Editorial Board of the Independent, a national newspaper published in Lagos, Nigeria. He writes a highly regarded column, (SCRUPLES) on the back page of the paper every Wednesday. eMail. Blog.
Umar Abubakar Sidi
Umar Abubakar Sidi: attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria and the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. A member of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Kaduna Chapter, has written several poems and short stories, and was a nominee for poet of the year 2002 by the International Library of Poetry. His email. His website.
Unoma Nguemo Azuah
Unoma Azuah is a poet, novelist and a college professor. She shares her time between the US and Nigeria. Her debut novel, Sky-high Flames won the Urban Spectrum award and her second novel, Edible Bones won the Aidoo-Snyder book award. On Broken Wings: an anthology of best contemporary Nigerian poetry, which she edited, has just been published.
Unyierie Angela Idem
Unyierie Angela Idem teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at Holyoke Community College (HCC), Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA. In her free time, she reads and writes poetry that addresses a broad range of issues from personal to social and political. Her poems have appeared in Sentinel Literary Quarterly: The Magazine of World Literature (April 2011 issue) and aaduna (Fall/Winter 2011 and 2012 issues). She has participated in a number of poetry events, including HCC faculty readings and the aaduna Fundraiser in Harlem, New York. She has also been a guest reader at a public library in Massachusetts. She is currently working on a collection of poems.
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.
Uzoma Nwaekpe wrote in from the USA.
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu is the author of God of Poetry, Satan’s Story, A Play of Ghosts and The Missing Link. A 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing nominee, he wrote the text for Scottish photographer Owen Logan’s caricature of Michael Jackson’s visit to Nigeria entitled Masquerade. He lives in Lagos and is married with children.
I am from Anambra State, and was born on the 14th of January in Leningrad, Russia, at some point in time; hence the name Vera, which means ‘faithful’, so if any man is considering having me for a wife (which all men should, lol), he should know right now that I will be faithful, if he is. I used to speak Russian fluently, but have since forgotten it due to ‘lack of speaking’. I currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and I am in school with a major of Nursing (which is trying to drain the life out of me). I enjoy doing a lot of things like reading, writing, sleeping and spending other people’s money, of course. I have aspirations to change the world for the better like any other person; one of my major aspirations is to one day wear a thin platinum band with an emerald rock on my left ring finger (*hint hint*). Imagine a world where my bright, sparkling diamond is blinding everyone’s eyes. Now that’s a Verastic world! (and a better world, might I add). If for any reason, any man is not sure what to expect from me, let him please refer to my ‘Verastic Manual’, and my ‘Verastic Code Of Conduct’ for answers to all FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). In case you’re wondering if there is any special someone in my life, well, there is, and his name is Compaq; it’s amazing the things he does for me; he’s not like any other man I have ever known. I do not know what else I am supposed to tell you, but if you need to know more, please start by sending me some flowers. Blue roses preferably.
Verah Omwocha is an editor and writer. When she is not reading, she is writing. When she is not writing, she is getting high on coffee and cooking. She believes words are the magic that make life liveable. Vera has published her first children’s book, Maria and the Tomatoes. She is currently working on her first novel among many other short stories.