Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria, but now lives in Lagos. She is the first child of Joshua and Christiana Adimora and has five siblings. Raised partially in a rural environment and partially in the city, she combines these two factors, as background and setting for her children's stories and adult fiction. Though born in Eastern Nigeria, she has lived in different parts of the country - East, North and West. She has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and in the USA.



My Profile

Professional Experience:

She taught in Secondary schools and a Teachers College before becoming a University lecturer. Member of the Editorial Board of two newspapers in Lagos - The Independent (1992 - 1995) and The Post Express (1997 - 1999).

While with the two newspapers, she wrote editorials, feature articles and maintained regular columns. She has held administrative posts at University of Lagos as Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Arts for two years (1992 to 1994) and as acting Head of English Department in 1997/98. She has also been in hall administration in the university as Assistant hall Warden in Moremi Hall and Moremi Annexe from 1981 to 1984; Hall Mistress of Madam Tinubu Hall from 1994 to 1996. Hall Mistress of Amina Hall from 1996 to 1997.

The National Treasurer of the Association of Nigerian Authors from 1995 - 1997 Vice President of Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) from 1998 - 2000. Currently the First Vice President of P.E.N. Nigeria and the financial secretary of WRITA National.

Community Service:

She has served her community, Uga, both at home and in Lagos in many capacities. She was a member of the Uga Post Office building Committee in the eighties, and a member of the Ada Uga Association - an association of the Daughters of Uga. In the early eighties, she served as Assistant Secretary of Uga Improvement Union (Women's Wing). She was elected First Vice President of the same union and served from 1991 to 1993.

She was First Vice President of Umuoru Community Union (Women's Wing) from 1996 to 1999. Ezeigbo was one of the members who drafted the constitutions of these two women associations. She is a representative of U.I.U. (Women's Wing) in Aguata Progressive Union (APU), Lagos, as well as the Chairperson of the Education Committee of Aguata Progressive Union, Lagos.

Reading Tours:

She has toured many countries and in each of them she has read from her works.

In October/November, 1993, she toured six British cities - London, Bristol, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham - and gave readings from her first collection of short stories, Rhythms of Life, Stories of Modern Nigeria. The tour was organized by Karnak House (her London publisher).

In May 1998, she was a guest of the Centre for African Studies of the University of Edinburgh at a Literary Retreat at the Burn, in Scotland.

She also read from her works at Evangelische Akademie, in Bad Boll, Germany, in October 2000 and also at Humboldt University in Berlin, in May 2002.

She participated in "Time of the Writer Festival" in April 2002, at the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, in South Africa.

She was at the 2002 Convention of the International PEN held in Macedonia.

she presented a paper at the Indaba at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare from 25 July to 2 August, 2003.

Membership of Academic and Writers' Association:

She is a member of many academic associations such as The Literary Society of Nigeria, Modern Languages Association of Nigeria. She is an active member of some writers' organizations and they include, The International PEN, PEN Nigeria, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA).

She is the First Vice President of PEN Nigeria. She served as the National Treasurer of ANA from 1995 to 1997 and the first Vice President of Women Writers' Association of Nigeria. She is currently the Financial Secretary of WRITA.