Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue, has arrived at the University of Oxford, where he is appointed the Academic Visitor (Visiting Fellow), at the African Studies Centre, replacing His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano.
His non-fictional work, Hip-Hop is Only for Children won the Creative Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2015 Nigerian Writers’ Awards.
Born in 1988, Nwelue is an award-winning author of over 10 books, filmmaker of six films and a bookseller, Nwelue instituted the James Currey Prize for African Literature and co-founded Abibiman Publishing, which recently published The Strangers of Braamfontein, his UK debut.
Dr David Pratten, the Director of the African Studies Centre, in his letter of approval, said: “I am happy to inform you that the Management Committee of the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, has approved your request for a Visiting Fellowship (Academic Visitor) at the Centre for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Fellowship was approved for between 1st of September 2021 to 30th of 22 August, 2022.”
He continued, “The fellowship targets accomplished men and women from Africa – and other continents around the world who are interested in Africa.”
Nwelue will focus his research on James Currey, who co-founded the African Writers’ Series with Chinua Achebe under Heinemann Publishing.