Onyeka Nwelue


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Onyeka Nwelue

Onyeka Nwelue is an author and filmmaker who has published multiple award-winning books. His first book, The Abyssinian Boy, won the TM Aluko Aluko Prize for First Book of Fiction and Ibrahim Tahir Prize, while his book Hip-Hop is Only for Children won the Creative Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2015 Nigerian Writers’ Awards. His second novel, The Beginning of Everything Colourful, was shortlisted for the ANA Prose Fiction Prize in 2018, and his collection of poetry, The Lagos Cuban Jazz Club, was shortlisted for ANA Poetry Prize in the same year. He adapted his novella Island of Happiness into an Igbo-language film, Agwaetiti Obiụtọ, which won Best Feature Film by a Director at the 2018 Newark International Film Festival. Nwelue is a current Academic Visitor at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, and he is the Founder and Director of The James Currey Prize for African Literature, administered by the Oxford-based James Currey Society.

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