May truth be told when my days stop breathing.

If it proves my one thought, belief, or fear

made life better for somebody, or somebody

better for life, because I was not lost in

a firework of fancy and unfathomable clues,

that will be my crown of vindication.

 - Nnorom Azuonye (from Unrestricted Access)ye

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Nnorom Azuonye

My hometown is Isuikwuato, a village of hills and valleys in Abia State of Nigeria. I was however born at Enugu on the 12th of July 1967. That, as you might  know was just six days after the outbreak of the Nigeria-Biafra war. I am therefore one of those Biafran babies who arrived in the war-torn republic. I have however held a Nigerian passport since July 1981.


I am the youngest of nine children born to Hannah Egwuime Azuonye (1928-2010) and Stephen Onyemaechi Azuonye M.B.E., M.O.N. (1916-1982)


An Umuahian (for the uninitiated, it means I studied at Government College Umuahia), I spent an A'Levels year at Capital College London (1986-1987). I then returned to Nigeria where I studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


I have the greatest job on earth: I am a professional dad of two extraordinary human beings; son Arinze Chinedum, and daughter Nwachi Ola. I am also a dedicated husband to the wonderful Thelma Amaka. I fit everything else around them.


I started Sentinel Poetry Movement in December 2002, and I never joke with it. I have served as its Administrator from inception till date, and I also serve as Editor of our magazine Sentinel Literary Quarterly, and Publisher of Sentinel Nigeria. I also publish Nollywood Focus, and Sentinel Champions (Formerly Champion Poems).


If I had one wish, it would be to be able to afford the time to write seriously, and to make films in between working on the Internet. I am however happy with several publications I have managed including poems, short stories, essays and interviews in Capital College Magazine, Theatre Forum, Sunday Statesman, Sunday Chronicle Magazine, Weekly Star, Agenda, Poetry Monthly, Wandering Dog, Keystone, Orbis, Olongo, Drumvoices Revue, World Haiku Review, Africa Resource, African Writer, African Writing, Sketchbook, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Eclectica, Muse Apprentice Guild, Other Voices Poetry, Poesie du Monde, Flair, Ink Sweat and Tears, Next and The Guardian (Nigeria). My writing have also appeared in the anthologies; Voices Against Racism: 100 Poems Against Racism (1998. Thomas O'Flaherty ed.), For the Love of God (2004. Desmond Kon et al. eds.), Songs for Wonodi (2007. Dike Okoro ed.)


My Books include Letter to God and Other Poems (2003), The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road (2005), Blue Hyacinths (2010. ed with Geoff Stevens), Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology (2011. ed with Unoma Azuah and Amanda Sington-Williams), The Magenta Shadow (Short Stories. Forthcoming), and On the Record: Conversations with Writers and Artists 2002 - 2009 (Forthcoming)



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