I. N. C. Aniebo

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Ifeanyichukwu Ndubuisi Chikezie Aniebo, commonly known as I. N. C. Aniebo (born 31 March 1939), is a Nigerian novelist and short story writer,[1] who has been called "the master craftsman of the Nigerian short story".[2]

Aniebo trained as an artillery officer; his first stories were written under a pseudonym to avoid censorship. He fought for Biafra in the Nigerian Civil War, and The Anonymity of Sacrifice (1974) gives a sense of the horrors and personal conflicts of that war. Aniebo subsequently studied at the University of California, Los Angeles,[1] before returning to Nigeria in 1979 to teach Creative Writing and Literature at the English Department of the University of Port Harcourt.[3]


  • The Anonymity of Sacrifice. African Writers Series 148. London: Heinemann Educational, 1974.
  • The Journey Within. African Writers Series 206. London: Heinemann, 1978.
  • Rearguard Actions. Ibadan, Nigeria: Heinemann Educational Books, 1998.
Short story collections
  • Of Wives, Talismans and the Dead. London: Heinemann, 1983.
  • Man of the Market: Short Stories. Port Harcourt: Pam Unique, 1994.
Individual short stories
  • "The Jealous Goddess," in Spear (Lagos), October 1963.
  • "My Mother," in Sunday Times (Lagos), 22 December 1963.
  • "The Ring," in Nigeria Magazine (Lagos), December 1964.
  • *"The Peacemakers," in Nigeria Magazine (Lagos), December 1965.
  • "Shadows," in Black Orpheus 20 (Lagos), 1966.
  • "Mirage," in Nigeria Magazine (Lagos), March 1966.
  • "The Outing," in Happy Home and Family Life (Lagos), May 1972.
  • "Happy Survival, Brother," in Ufahamu (Los Angeles), vol. 7, no. 3, 1977.


  1. ^ a b Simon Gikandi, "Aniebo, I. N. C.", in Gikandi, ed., Encyclopedia of African Literature. Routledge; 2002. ISBN 978-0-415-23019-3. Reprinted online here
  2. ^ Willfried Feuser, introduction to Jazz and Palm Wine, quoted in "Celebrating I.N.C. Aniebo At 70", Daily Independent (Lagos), 25 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Celebrating I.N.C. Aniebo At 70", Daily Independent (Lagos), 25 March 2009.

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