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5 Contemporay Writers You Should Watch Out For

By Regina Alabere on Fri, 13/05/2016 - 13:17

Writers abound in Nigeria, but we focus on  popular and promising ones. These contemporary writers have published works that are recognized locally and internationally. They are talented and poised on the verge of  Stardom.

  •  Godspower Oboido is a 27 year old Nigerian writer form Issoko, Delta State. He is a poet and Cultural Activist. His notable work ‘Song of the Chicken bone’ has been compared to Chistopher Okigbo and Leopold Senghor. These leading poets clearly influenced Oboido’s style of poetry. He taught as a guest lecturer at several universities in Kenya and Russia. He is among the selected emerging young literary leaders from the Commonwealth that will receive a bespoke  training delivered by The University of Cambridge this year.


  • Ukamaka Olisakwe is a 33 year old feminist writer. She also writes short stories and scripts for television. Ukamaka's debut novel, Eyes of a Goddess, was published in 2012. She has written numerous short stories and articles, most of which have appeared in blogs and online journals, including Olisa.tv, ‘Saraba’, ‘Sentinel Nigeria’ and a Short Story ‘Day Africa’. She has been featured in the BBC, The New York Times and various magazines. Ukamaka was a guest at the 2015 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda, where she taught a fiction master-class.


  • Echezonachukwu Chinedu Nduka is a 26 year old Assistant Lecturer of Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education Owerri Nigeria and also a writer and organist. Nduka won his first prize at the 4th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast  in the bronze category with his poem Etude and went on to emerge as winner in 2016  at the 6th edition of the same festival for his poem Listen. One of his spoken word poems titled We Wear Purple Robes is a reflection on terrorism in Nigeria. His poems have been published internationally in several literary journals and anthologies.


  • Obinna Charles Okwelume is a 34 year old Author, Journalist and Playwright. He received the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations award in 2001 for his contributions to literary writing and the R E Bradbury Memorial Prize in 2010 for the best thesis in the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham. His published works include Ogurigwe (2001), Arrow of Vengeance (2002), Three Plays (2002), Babel of Voices (2002), Drumbeats of Black Africa (2004), and Those Who Live in Glass Houses(2016). Okwelume is a play director; at his leisure he directs music performances and cultural displays.


  • Jumoke Verissimo is a 37 year old  poet and writer. Her first book, I Am Memory, has won some literary awards in Nigeria. Some of her poems are translated in Italian, Norwegian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Macedonian. The People's Dailydescribes her collection as "a bold stance of pain and other emotions, filtering through the pores of gross indifference and achieving a communal cry of retrospective protest." Some of her awards include Carlos Idzia Ahmad Prize, First Prize for a first book of Poetry, 2009 and Recipient, Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship, 2012.


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