Uche Nduka was born on 14 October 1963 in Umuahia, Nigeria. He earned a B.A Combined Honours degree in English from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1985. He has worked as the first Executive Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (1987–1989), National Publicity secretary of ANA (1992–1995), and Lecturer in African Literature at the University of Bremen (1995–2001; 2003–2007). He has lived in the Netherlands, Germany and the US.
Nduka's volumes of poetry are Flower Child (1988), Second Act (1994), The Bremen Poems (1995), Chiaroscuro (1997) (winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize), If Only the Night (2002), Heart's Field (2005), Eel on Reef (2007) and Ijele (2012). Nduka edited the anthologies, Poets in Their Youth (1988), and Und auf den Straßen eine Pest: Junge Nigerianische Lyrik (1996). Nduka has also written Belltime Letters (2000), a book of commentaries and whimsical meditations in prose. His work has been translated into German and Dutch.