#YNaijaArt99: Peju Alatise, David Uzochukwu, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun| The 99 Most Influential Nigerians in Art

Writers 

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Eloghosa Osunde: Osunde is a writer and visual artist who often explores mental health, sexuality and the psychology of identity and interpersonal intimacies with her writings. She is an alumna of the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop (2015), the Caine Prize Workshop (2018) and the filmmaking and screenwriting programs at New York Film Academy. 

Innocent Chizaram: Innocent Chizaram is a young Nigerian writer and storyteller who tells his stories in an incredibly unique and compelling way. Chizaram emerged the winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Prize – Africa Region and has been featured on several international publications. 

Arinze Ifekandu: Arinze Ifekandu is a Nigerian creative writer. In 2017, Ifekandu was shortlisted for the Crain Prize for his ‘God’s Children Are Little Broken Things’. Arinze was the editor of The Muse (No. 44) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied English and graduated in 2016. Arinze has been profiled by several publications as one of the emerging writers to look out for. 

Ope Adedeji: Adedeji explored writing as a full-time career in 2013 when she discovered Chimamanda Adichie, Lola Shoneyin, Buchi Emecheta, etc. Adedeji emerged as US National Magazine Awards finalist and was handpicked by Chimamanda as one of the next best talents to come out of Nigeria. She is currently an editor at Zikoko Magazine. 

Pemi Aguda: Pemi is a Nigerian writer, architect, and a podcast host. She emerged as one of the finalists at the US National Magazine Awards and won the prestigious 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. 

Lucia Edafioka: Lucia is a short story and narrative essay writer whose work centres on Nigerian culture, the people, and their heritage. Lucia is also an alumnus of the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop, with her work published in Catapult, Ake Review, This is Africa, Music in Africa, and the Lagos-Limbe Non-fiction anthology. 

Ayodeji Rotinwa: Ayodeji is a writer and editor who mostly writes about culture, visual art and sustainable development issues including public health, education, and social innovation, across West Africa and beyond. Ayodeji is also interested in documenting how culture influences, transforms other sectors. He has been published in The New York Times, Financial Times, CNN, The Africa Report, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Art Forum, Devex, VOGUE US, World Politics Review, and other outlets. 

Otosirieze Obi-Young: Otosirieze is a writer, journalist and media specialist. Obi-Young is acclaimed for his storytelling skills and his queer advocacy with storytelling. His work has been featured in publications such as The Threepenny Review and Transition. His work in queer equality advocacy in African literature has also been profiled in Literary Hub. 

Eromo Egbejule: Eromo is a Nigerian writer, journalist, who is interested in writing about ‘The Culture’. He is also interested in human rights, conflict, women and child rights, arts and culture, and the intersection of all these with history and everyday living.  

Tolu Daniel: Tolu is a Nigerian writer and editor. He graduated as a student of English while majoring in Creative Writing at Kansas State University where he was awarded the Seaton Fellowship, the Popkins Scholarship, Peggy & Gary Edwards Scholarship, and the Popkins Scholarship for Creative Writing. His articles and short stories have appeared on Catapult.co, The Nasiona Magazine, Tiny Essays, Prachya Review, Elsewhere Literary Journal, and a few other places. 

Critics 

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Oris Aigbokhaevbolo: Oris is a Nigerian writer and critic. He is an alumnus of various Academies for Film Criticism in Germany, South Africa, and the Netherlands. He is the West African editor for Music in Africa, and his works have appeared in Chimurenga, BellaNaija, This is Africa, The Africa Report, Catapult, and the Guardian UK. 

Yinka Elujoba: Yinka is a Nigerian writer and critic living in New York. Yinka focuses on literary and art criticism, as well as how a shift in space affect the human condition. Yinka is currently an art criticism writer for the New York Times and has an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Ifeoluwa Nihinola: Ifeoluwa is a writer and critic. His works have been featured in various publications including Music in Africa, and TSA Art Magazine. He is currently at the MFA Creative Writing program at Iowa where he’s specialising in fiction.

Wilfred Okiche: Wilfred is a medic, reader, writer, journalist, culture critic. He is one of the most influential critics working in the Nigerian culture space, and his writing has appeared extensively in platforms like YNaija.com and 360nobs.com. Okiche has provided editorial assistance to the UK Guardian and has had his work published in African Arguments, Africa is a Country and South Africa’s City Press. He also appears on the culture television show, Africana Literati. He has participated at critic programs in Lagos, Durban and Rotterdam.

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