Born in 1988, Onyeka Nwelue was described by The Guardian (Lagos) as '...teenager with steaming pen' after his appearance at the Wole Soyinka Festival in 2004. He won the THOMSON Short Story Prize in 2000 with 'Chants of a Poet' which has been translated into over seven languages. He has published his works in the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Jamaica, South Africa and Nigeria. A multilingual poet, Nwelue has recently finished a novel, The Abyssinian Boy, a historical play, The Legend of Amadiora, a collection of poems, Ngwere and a musical play, The Talc. He has translated numerous works of arts and has written extensively on the arts for The Guardian and his interviews with some writers have appeared in the papers.


Onyeka Nwelue Poems

The White Devil In A Black Snow

the lorry hauled us away
the boats ferried us far and wide
like the children of the leper
being driven beyond the echoes of the world... more »


I don¨t think what others are thinking
Because I don¨t think anyone should be thinking
What I am thinking... more »

Of What Use Is An Indian Woman

As I walked towards the tarred road in Delhi
eyes mottled, fingers pointed and words rolled

I talked to myself what this could mean... more »

Onyeka Nwelue Quotes

Comments about Onyeka Nwelue

Stanley Ezeabasirim 27 Feb 2008 05:43
Its good am commenting on the young world proffessor Onyeka Nwelue, to me he is simply the best and 'a literary icon whose time has come'. I wish him all the best! !