Meet Onyeka Nwelue – The Founder Of The James Currey Society, Oxford University.

Onyeka Nwelue is an Academic Visitor at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

His UK debut, The Strangers of Braamfontein, published by Abibiman Publishing UK, won ANA Prize for Fiction in 2021 and Best Indie Novel Winner- The Crime Fiction Lover Awards in 2021.

He is the Dean of the School of Cinematographic Studies at Université Queensland in Haiti.

He has written 21 books – including novels, plays, poetry collections, a narrative in verse, works of non-fiction, a children’s book, and anthologies of essays. He has produced and directed feature films comprising 3 documentaries – one about his aunt,  Flora Nwapa, first woman to be published under Heinemann African Writers Series, a 30-minute documentary on James Currey and a biopic about the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwue’s the founder of the Oxford-based James Currey Society, which administers the James Currey Fellowship incooperation with the Africentre.

He is the founder and director of the annual James Currey Prize for African Literature and James Currey Literary Festival  – taking place at the Weston Library, University of Oxford.

A filmmaker, publisher and talk show host, he is a member of The Oxford Union Society, a debating society in the city of Oxford, England, whose membership is drawn primarily from the University of Oxford.

His non-fiction 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 studied Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Directing at Prague Film School in Czech Republic.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, by Universite Queensland in Haiti. He received a grant from Institute for Research in Women, Children and Culture (IRAWCC) in 2009 and a Princ Claus Ticket Grant in 2013.

He studied Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature at Harvard University and Business of Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He was an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University.

He is, currently, a visiting assistant professor and Visiting Fellow of African Literature and studies in the English Language Department of the Faculty of Humanities, Manipur University in Imphal, India.

He splits his time between Oxford and Johannesburg.


1. The Abyssinian Boy

Publisher: Dada Books (2009); Abibiman Publishing (2022)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9789780882174

2. Wole Soyinka: Encounters with the Grey Maverick

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing UK (2021)

Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN: 9781998995813

3. The Beginning of Everything Colourful

Publisher: Paressia Publishers (2017)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN : 9781546467335

4. There Are No White People

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing (2022)

Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN: 9781739693404

5. An Angel on the Piano

Publisher: Griots Lounge Publishing (2020)

Genre: Poetry

ISBN: 9789785756753

6. Island of Happiness

Publisher: Blues & Hills (2018)

Genre: Fiction- Novella

ISBN: 9781983955433

7. The Real Owners of Britain

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing (2022)

Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN: 9781739774776

8. The Lagos Cuban Jazz Club

Publisher: Blues & Hills (2017)

Genre: Poetry

ISBN: 9781548402006

9. The Spice Bazaar

Publisher: Blues & Hills  (2018)

Genre: Drama

ISBN: 9781983929090

10. Lemon Grass

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing (2022)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9781998995899

11. Hip-Hop Is Only for Children

Publisher: Blues & Hills (2015)

Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN: 9781541332942

12. Outside Weston Library

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing (2022)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9781739693428

13. The Strangers of Braamfontein

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing (2021)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9781998995806

14. The Last Trains out of Ukraine

Publisher: Fabula Plays (Abibiman Publishing) (2022)

Genre: Poetry

ISBN: 9781998995868

15. Burnt

Publisher: Hattus Books

Genre: Poetry

16. Evening Coffee with Arundhati Roy

Publisher: Bridge Books

Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN: 9780733426094

17. A Country of Extraordinary Ghosts

Publisher: Origami (2018)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9781725659278

18. 84 Delicious Bottles of Red Wine for Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing

Genre: Poetry

ISBN: 9781724334626

19. Quemado

Publisher: Editions Peru Spanish

Genre: Poetry

20. Dogs of the West

Publisher: Abibiman Publishing

Genre: Non-Fiction

21. Saving Mungo Park

Publisher: Hattus Books (2021)

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9789785627947

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