Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo

Writer and International Scholar

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, a multiple award-winning prolific writer and international scholar, has taught in three universities in Nigeria – University of Lagos, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), and Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, in Ebonyi State – as well as in South Africa and the United Kingdom. She was a three-time Head of the English Department at the University of Lagos (Unilag) and received the Best Researcher Award in the Arts and the Humanities from Unilag in 2005.

She has been awarded visiting Fellowships in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany and has given Keynote Lectures in universities in the USA. Apart from academic books and scholarly articles in local and international journals, she has published in all genres of literature: she is a poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and children’s author. Adimora-Ezeigbo is a joint winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature (NPL) in 2007 with her children’s novel entitled My Cousin Sammy.

She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL), the Literary Society of Nigeria (FLSN), the English Scholars Association of Nigeria (FESAN), and the Association of Nigerian Authors (FANA). She was the Vice President of PEN International, Nigerian Centre (2002-2011) and Vice President of Women Writers Association of Nigeria – WRITA (1995-1999). Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo is a Director in the Board of Directors of University Press PLC, Ibadan, and a Member of the Governing Council of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba. She was the Chair of the Panel of Judges for 2011 The Nigeria Prize for Literature. Adimora-Ezeigbo is married and has children and grandchildren.

‘I found myself lifting my jaw from my chest at the end of every other chapter . . . this was not the Obama I thought I knew. She was more’

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