Odili Ujubuoñu was born June 13 1964 in Ukpor, a quiet hill country that boasts of rocks, valleys, rivulets and a major tributary to the River Niger, the Ulasi River. At the age of eight, he moved to Lagos where he spent his early years in a slum called Ajegunle. Here, Odili met a world in contrast with his early – rustic, serene and communal – experience. This contrast shaped the path his writing would follow.
Odili graduated with honours in Political Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He also has M.A History and Strategic Studies from University of Lagos, Nigeria. Odili spent over twenty-three years after graduation in the Advertising Industry. He is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Brande Aristotle.
Odili participated, on two occasions, in the British Council/Lancaster University Workshops for writers drawn from Africa and across the world.
His career as a writer, however, began by accident. In 1993, when Nigeria was in crisis and offices could not work, Odili tried writing to escape frustration. Since then he has never turned back. His first novel Pregnancy of the Gods (2006) won the 2006 ANA/Jacaranda prize for prose and was on the Daily Sun’s Bestseller list for the same year. His second book, Treasure in the Winds (2008) was a nominee for the Nigerian Prize for Literature and won the 2008 ANA/Chevron Prize on Environmental Issues. The ANA/Chevron Prize Judges described Treasure in the Winds as “a classic in the Nigerian tradition of the novel.” His third book Pride of the Spider Clan was nominated for 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Africa and the Winner of 2012 Nigeria Prose Prize awarded by the Association of Nigerian Authors. Odili works on the historical fiction genre. He has read to special audiences in such historical locations as Groot Constantia, Cape Town South Africa and Schwetzingen Palace Garden Baden Wurttemberg, Germany.
Ujubuoñu, as a consultant, designed the template used for the celebration of 50 years of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart across five cities in Nigeria and was actively involved from concept to the fruition of the project. He currently edits the Association of Nigerian Authors’ International Journal, ANA Review. He is a committed environmental enthusiast and sees himself as a student of ancient mysteries. He is a member of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Political Science Association of Nigeria, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Association of Nigerian Authors, etc.
Odili’s publications include
- Pregnancy of the Gods
- Treasure in the Winds
- Pride of the Spider Clan
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Like Things Fall Apart, ‘Pregnancy of the gods,’ is written with a simple language, elegance and constant infusion of proverbs, simile and tropes, which keep you turning the pages. Thisday
A writer of stories of ancient times will have to deploy all his creative imagination to convince his readers, this Odili does, proving that he knows what he is doing. The Guardian.
Pregnancy of the gods’ narrative leads us to believe one thing and then unstitches these beliefs so that there is unpredictability about the story that is convincing, fast paced, solid yet mysterious… this is a work of art and genius.- Flavia Baralle, author of The Apocalypse
Odili Ujubuoñu’s deep knowledge of the different layers of Igbo culture and his graceful handling of their interplay with characters and actions in the story make Pregnancy of the gods an award-deserving novel. The Literati
Ujubuoñu’s writing is skilful and well-paced, making for a compelling account of greed, revenge and malice. True Love, West Africa
A really good read if you’re interested in African culture, Goge Africa
Ujubuoñu’s masterful novel about group survival and loyalty to kinship set in pre-colonial Nigeria is enthralling, enriching and awesome . . . This extraordinary book is one of the best novels I have read in years.
–Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Author of House of Symbols.
‘The search for a certain flute, which began in Pregnancy of the Gods and continued in Treasure in the Winds is concluded here. Ujubuoñu tells this mythical and magical story as only a master storyteller would. Pride of the Spider Clan is racy, engaging and clearly well-researched; astonishing and profoundly gripping’
–Kayode Kofoworola, Professional Book Editor and Critic.
‘A tour de force…, Pride of the Spider Clan is a remarkable and moving book… The final piece of the puzzle that began with Pregnancy of the Gods’
– Jude Dibia Author of Unbridled.
The mythical outpouring of Odili Ujubuoñu’s Pride of the Spider Clan is seductive.Untying Odidika and Isikamdi’s shared fate with the sacred ofo is heart thumping and mind blowing….these heroes must not fail.
– Nwachukwu Egbunike, Editor Fast Edition and Feathers Project.