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.



Hornour & Awards

Literary Awards:
  • In 1994, she won the First Prize in the WORDOC Short Story Competition.
  • In 1975, she won the second prize in the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation's (NBC) Short Story Competition.
  • Adimora-Ezeigbo was awarded Cambridge Writers Fellowship in 1998.
  • She was awarded the ANA/Spectrum Prize in 2001
  • Zulu Sofola Prize for Creative Writing in 2001.
    These two prizes were awarded to her novel House of Symbols.
  • Flora Nwapa Prize for Women Writing in 2002.
    Her novel House of Symbols was one of the three novels that won a prize in the 2004 NLNG's The Nigerian Prize for Literature.
  • The same novel has been selected as one of 25 Best Nigerian Books published in the past 25 years (1978 - 2003).
  • In 2007, her novel for children, My Cousin Sammy, won NLNG's The Nigeria Prize for Literature.
  • She jointly won it with Mabel Segun, another children's writer and both shared the prize money of $30,000 USD.
  • Adimora-Ezeigbo's children's novel, Fire from the Holy Mountain, won the Atiku Abubakar Children's Literature Prize, in 2008.
  • Heart Songs won the ANA/Cadbury Prize for poetry, 2009.
  • Trafficked received Honourable Mention as runner-up for the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa Prize for Women Writing, in 2009. [Adimora-Ezeigbo was the first writer to win this prize when it was instituted in 2003.]
  • Received 'Outstanding Contribution Award' from His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria, at the Garden City Literary Festival (GCLF), December 10th, 2010, in Port Harcourt, "In recognition of the vivid colours she has added to Nigerian Literature".
Academic Awards:
  • Federal Government Scholarship from 1971 - 1974.
  • She was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship in 1989/1990 and spent the year as a Visiting Commonwealth Fellow at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • In 1999/2000, she was a Research Fellow in the School of Language, Culture and Communication at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in South Africa.
  • She was Guest Scholar in the Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany, between 1 November 2005 and 31 December 2005.
  • She won the Best Researcher Award (2005) in the Arts and the Humanities in the University of Lagos.
  • Adimora-Ezeigbo spent one year, 2006/2007, as a Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London, UK.
  • She has attended many sponsored academic conferences in Europe, America and Africa.
  • Nominated the 'Most Admired Lecturer' by Final students of the English Department 2009/2010, University of Lagos. 2010