Akwaeke Emezi, b. 1987 Umuahia, Nigeria                            akwaeke.emezi@gmail.com | akwaeke.com


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2017 'Nowhere', 212 Magazine ('Only You', Autumn/Winter 2017)

2017 'Notes From Liberia', Vogue.com

2017 'Who Is Like God', Granta Online

2016 'The Texture Of Joy: A Stowaway Story', Commonwealth Writers (Adda)

2016 'Welcome', Wasafiri Magazine

2016 'Triumph 1360', Commonwealth Writers (Adda)

2015 'Who Will Claim You?' Commonwealth Writers

2015 ‘Sometimes The Fire Is Not Fire’, Olisa TV (selected & edited by Chimamanda Adichie)

2015 ‘Burial’, Lusaka Punk and Other Stories


AWARDS

2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, 'Who Is Like God'

2017 Astraea Foundation Global Arts Fund, 'THE UNBLINDING'

2015 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, 'THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI'

2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize Shortlist + Special Commendation, ‘WELCOME'

2014 BlackStar Film Festival, Best Short Experimental, ‘UDUDEAGU’


PANELS + EVENTS

2018 The Only Light We've Got In All This Darkness: New Fiction From Kimbilio, 2018 AWP Conference, USA

2018 Sound and Fury: Orality in Contemporary Literature, 2018 AWP Conference, USA

2017 New Perspectives, Day of Dialog, Brooklyn Public Library, USA

2016 Literary Displacements, International Literary Festival of Peripheries, Brazil

2016 Nourishing Freedoms, Black Feminisms, 2016 AWID Forum, Brazil

2016 Spirit Women, Chale Wote 2016/Spirit Robot, Ghana


WORKSHOPS + RESIDENCIES

2017 Sozopol Creative Nonfiction Seminars, NES Fellow, Bulgaria

2016 Kimbilio Fellow, USA

2015 Writer-In-Residence, Hub City Writers Project, USA

2015 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, Nigeria

2015 Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop, Ghana

2014 US Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, USA

2013 Cave Canem Poetry Workshops, USA


EXHIBITIONS

2015 UDUDEAGU + HEY CELESTIAL, Design is the Personality of the Idea, Group Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria

2015 ALULU/ASUSU UDUDEAGU, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, USA


FILMS

2016 ‘BREAK FRUIT’ Brooklyn, New York, Writer/Director

2014 ‘UDUDEAGU’ Lagos, Nigeria, Writer/Director/Editor/Cinematographer

2014 ‘HEY CELESTIAL’ Paris, France, Writer/Director/Editor/Producer

2014 ‘APOTHEOSIS’ Lagos, Nigeria Director/Cinematographer/Editor

2014 ‘WAITING ALL NIGHT’ Brooklyn, USA, Writer/Director/Editor

2013 ‘BLESI’ Albuquerque, USA, Writer/Director/Editor/Cinematographer


FILM FESTIVALS + SPECIAL SCREENINGS

2017 New York African Film Festival, Film Society Lincoln Center, NYC

2016 Transforming Provocations-Regime Change, Flaherty NYC

2015 Transoceanic Visual Exchange (Barbados + Lagos + New Zealand); 50Golborne presents AFRO FUTURES IN MOTION with the Portobello Film Festival, London; NOW Cinema presents Films Supporting Home Affairs, London; Analogue Eye-Mobile Drive-in Cinema, Vienna; The New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival, London; Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland.

2014 The Boda Boda Lounge Project (Addis + Bamako + Bulawayo + Cairo + Harare + Johannesburg + Kampala + Kinshasa + Luanda + Lubumbashi + Lagos + Santiago); Film Africa, London; Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, Lagos; BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia; African Street Style Festival, London.


EDUCATION

2014-2016 Creative Writing (Fiction), Syracuse University, NY 

2010-2012 International Public Policy + Nonprofit Management MPA, New York University, NY                                                                                                  


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