Bibi Ukonu

Author

Bibi Ukonu is an architect, poet and novelist. He is published online, and in print magazines, such as Pyramid Magazine and Twilight Musings of the International Library of Poetry. He is also the Editor of CityDezigns Magazine, and writes about Architecture and Sustainable Development.

THINGS THAT START SMALL BUT SWEET is his second collection of short stories, and has won him the 1st Runner Up, ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories.

Echezonachukwu Nduka

Echezonachukwu Nduka

Author

Born and raised in Nigeria, Echezonachukwu Nduka is a writer and classical pianist who earned degrees in Music from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Kingston University London, UK.

His work has appeared in Transition, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, River River, Bombay Review, Brittle Paper, Expound, Saraba, Jalada Africa, Afridiaspora, Bakwa Magazine, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, African Writer, Ake Review, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, among others.

In 2016, he was awarded the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Prize. He lives in New Jersey. Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts is his debut collection.

Bura-Bari Nwilo

Author

Bura-Bari Nwilo’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Review, Kalahari Review, Saraba Literary Magazine, Sentinel Nigeria, Ake Review, Brittle Paper, Bookslive.co.za, GuerillaBasement, Muwado, Guardian Nigeria, 234Next, Muse Journal of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a lot more.

He is on the Badilisha Poetry X-Change. Bura-Bari’s story ‘Like Eyes Liquid with Hope’ was long-listed for the annual Writivism literary festival in Kampala, Uganda, and included in an anthology.

His first book of short stories, A Tiny Place Called Happiness was shortlisted for the ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for short stories in 2017. Bura-Bari, a native of Ogoniland in Rivers State, lives in Port Harcourt. He studied English and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Omoregie Osakpolor

Omoregie Osakpolor

Author

Omoregie Osakpolor is a photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. Osakpolor started photography in 2015 with the intent to tell stories of people, places, and events that are not adequately or accurately portrayed by mainstream media.

Born in 1990, in the city of Benin, Edo State, in Southern Nigeria, he became a mentee at the on-going Nlele Institute Mentorship Programme in 2016. In 2017, he was a nominee of The Future Africa Awards for The Edwin George Prize for Photography.

In June 2017, Omoregie Osakpolor was one of 10 young photographers nominated to participate in the Canon Visual Storytelling Workshop with Canon Master Gary Knight in Lagos State, Nigeria. On the 28th of April 2018, Omoregie Osakpolor commenced a three-city photography exhibition, titled The Journey of an African Monarch, where he used visuals to tell the story of the coronation of the Oba of Benin Kingdom, Oba Ewuare II, to his audience in Lagos, Abuja and Benin City, Nigeria.

A recipient of the Twenty5Wishers grant, he has enjoyed the audience and followership of international diplomats, Edo State government officials, international NGOs and traditional leaders.

Omoregie believes photography is a powerful tool that can be used to bring about societal change. This is what motivates him to create works that critically engage society in the hopes that his photographs would be part of the spark that ignites positive change in Africa, and the world at large. His work focuses on culture and globalization - its effects on the African culture and the urban poor.

Nnamdi Oguike

Author

Nnamdi Oguike is a Nigerian writer. He was selected asThe Missing Slate’s Author of the Month for March 2016 and was a finalist in the 2018 Africa Book Club Short Story Competition.

More of his writing has been published in The Dalhousie Review, African Writer andBrittle Paper. He lives in Awka, Nigeria.

Jide Aluka

Jide Aluka

Author

Jide Aluka is a graduate of Statistics from Imo State University, and also holds a Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Union of Journalist. Out of his honest love for the media and his country, he has pledged to build a team that will return his nation back to the days when the media prospered.

He is the Publisher of Griots Lounge, a publishing imprint of Yagazie Media Limited. Ofor is also the author of the beautifully written collection of poems titled “The Loudest Silence I Ever Heard”. His works can also be found in various literary magazines.

He has participated in all major festivals and events related to the media in Nigeria.

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