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.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters (MA) degrees in English from the University of Lagos and her Ph. D from University of Ibadan, in Nigeria. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from University of Lagos.

Akachi Ezeigbo – essayist, literary theorist, novelist, playwright, poet, short story writer and children’s author – is a Professor of English who taught for three decades at the University of Lagos before moving eastwards to teach at Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, in Ebony State. A multiple award-winning writer and scholar, Ezeigbo has received several national and international awards that include a Commonwealth Fellowship (1989/90), a British Council Fellow at Cambridge University (1998), the first Best Researcher Award in the Arts and Humanities at the University of Lagos, Cadbury Poetry Prize, WORDOC Short Story Prize, Flora Nwapa Prize, The Nigeria Prize for Literature, ALA Best Short Story Prize, USA and Fonlon-Nichols Award for excellence in Creative Writing.

She has authored and edited over sixty books and published over fifty articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Ezeigbo is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), the English Scholars Association of Nigeria (ESAN) and the Literary Society of Nigeria (LSN), and a Fellow and former National Treasurer of the Association of Nigerian Authors. She is a Director in the Board of Directors of University Press PLC, Ibadan since 2013 and was a former Member of the Governing Council of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba, 2018-2021.

Ezeigbo is a Non-Executive Director in the Board of Uga Microfinance Bank (UMFB) since 2021. She was the Chair of the Panel of Judges for the 2011 The Nigeria Prize for Literature in the Children Literature category, and in March 2021 was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board of The Nigeria Prize for Literature & The Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism sponsored by Nigeria LNG Ltd.



In September 2015, Prof Ezeigbo relocated to Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, in South-East Nigeria, where she has continued to teach students and mentor younger lecturers.

She is married to Professor Chris Ezeigbo and they have three children.