Chuma Nwokolo

Chuma Nwokolo (born 1963) is a Nigerian lawyer, writer[1] and publisher.

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Jos, Nigeria, in 1963. He graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1983 and was called to the bar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1984.


He worked for the Legal Aid Council and was managing partner of the C&G Chambers and practised mainly in Lagos Nigeria.[2] He was also writer-in-residence at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He is publisher of the literary magazine African Writing which he founded with Afem Akem.[3]

Nwokolo's first novels, The Extortionist (1983) and Dangerous Inheritance (1988), were published by Macmillan in the Pacesetter Novels. His other books include African Tales at Jailpoint (1999), Diaries of a Dead African (2003)[4][5] One More Tale for the Road (2003), Memories of Stone (poetry, 2006), The Ghost of Sani Abacha (2012),[6][7] How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories (2013), The Final Testament of a Minor God (poetry, 2014), His novel The Extinction of Menai is due in 2015. His short stories and poetry have been published in the London Review of Books,[8] La Internazionale, AGNI,[9] MTLS,[10] Arzenal, and Sentinel,[11] among places. Chuma Nwokolo is a highly itinerant writer and travels the extensively across the African Continent to deliver lectures on African writing and culture.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, the Association of Nigerian Authors, and PEN.[12]

Chuma Nwokolo is a founder of the BribeCode, a nationwide campaign to eradicate corporate corruption by adopting the bill the Corporate Corruption Act, which he devised and presented to the National Assembly in 2015.[13]


  1. ^ "CHUMA NWOKOLO TAKES TERRA KULTURE". Sabi News. June 12, 2014
  2. ^ Web Archive of
  3. ^ "Book Club Features Promoters Of Nigerian Literature, Reading Culture - Channels Television". Channels Television.
  4. ^ "On BribeCode and Nigeria’s Development: An Interview with Chuma Nwokolo By Adaobi Nkeokelonye". Sahara Reporters.
  5. ^ "Diaries of a Dead African (by Chuma Nwokolo Jr)". October 29, 2011 By Oriyomi Adebare
  6. ^ "Book Review: The Ghost of Sani Abacha". Daily Times Nigeria.
  7. ^ "The Literary Scene in Accra: a review". Ghana Studies Association, By Manu Herbstein
  8. ^ Chuma Nwokolo, "Diary of a Dead African", London Review of Books, Vol. 23, No. 4, 22 February 2001, pp. 14-17.
  9. ^ "Chuma Nwokolo, Jr." Archived 2013-06-01 at the Wayback Machine AGNI
  10. ^ Chuma Nwokolo, Jr., "Billy Goat", Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue 3.
  11. ^ Sentinel Archived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine, issue 7, August–October 2011.
  12. ^ "ANA Announces NWS Series Editors | Association of Nigerian Authors". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  13. ^ "On BribeCode and Nigeria's Development: An Interview with Chuma Nwokolo By Adaobi Nkeokelonye". Sahara Reporters. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2016-10-10.

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