In 2009, I was on my way to a bank for the insurance company I worked for when I stopped somewhere to buy some water. I had a chat with the store owner and he picked interest in me and he made sure that our conversation extended. He learned about my plan to have a launch for a book of poems I had put together – a debut. He was impressed and asked if I had read from Okara. I told him about the Call of River Nun, Piano and Drums – texts we had read in secondary school. He asked if I would love to invite the man to the public presentation of the work. Well, I was young and daring and I agreed. He gave me the address to his church.
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.