Richard Ali

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Nigerian author, Richard Ali

Richard Ali (born 3 September 1984) is a Nigerian writer, lawyer and co-founder of Parrésia Publishers,[1] a Lagos-based Afri-centric publishing house, home to Helon Habila, Onyeka Nwelue, Chika Unigwe and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, other continental voices.

Life and career[edit]

Richard was born in Kano, Nigeria, and moved to Jos, Nigeria, in 1988, where he studied up to the end of his secondary school education. He was admitted into the LL.B (Civil Law) programme at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 2001 and was called to the bar in 2010 as a barrister and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

In 2003, he was appointed to the editorship of Sardauna Magazine, a Kaduna-based general-interest publication, while still an undergraduate at Ahmadu Bello University. He also served as the Secretary of the National Association of Nigerian Students Committee on Inter-Religious Harmony and Campus Peace from 2003 to 2004. He was Editor-In-Chief of Sentinel Nigeria,[2] a quarterly e-zine, for 14 issues from 2008 to 2013. At the 2011 international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors,[3] he was elected Publicity Secretary (North) and served for two two-year terms.

In 2011, he co-founded Parrésia Publishers with Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi, to create a new publishing platform for African voices, and has served as the company's chief operating officer since then.[4] He is a founding member of the Nairobi-based Jalada Writers Cooperative,[5] a board member of Uganda's Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation[6] and has attended several literary events across the world, including the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, the Writivism Festival and the Aké Arts and Book Festival and he has served as judge for the 2014 and 2015 BN Poetry Award Competition and Rwanda's Huza Press short stories anthology competition in 2015.

His poetry and short stories have been published widely, including in Jalada, Enkare Review, Saraba Magazine and Okike Journal. He was runner-up in the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition.[7]

Ali served as Editor of ANA Review,[8] journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors, from 2013 to 2016.



  • (2015) "Rebel Music and the African Country", published in Jalada Afrofutures, Nairobi.[9]
  • (2015) "The Age of Buhari – Regicide and the Post Ethnic Youth", published in Mantle, New York.
  • (2016) "Arabic as a Bridge to the Rest of Africa", published in Jalada.[10]


  • (2012) City of Memories, a novel[11]
  • (2014) ANA Review, ed.[8]
  • (2015) ANA Review, ed.[8]
  • (2016) ANA Review, ed.[8]


Post Colonial Conflict in Africa: A Study of Richard Ali’s City of Memories[12]

Wandama Wadinga

AFRREV IJAH International Journal of Arts and Humanities, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Symptoms of Trauma in “the Age of Iron”: (Se)Curing the National Psyche in Richard Ali’s City of Memories[13]

Olumide Ogundipe

PhD Dissertation [2014], Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.



  1. ^ "Parresia Publisher Ltd".
  2. ^ "Sentinel Literary Movement of Nigeria". Sentinel Literary Movement of Nigeria. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. ^ "Association of Nigerian Authors | the worldwide literary organisation committed to the promotion of Nigerian and African Literatures". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  4. ^ a b Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire (16 March 2015). "Parrésia's Richard Ali: We are publishing African powerful literary voices". This is Africa.
  5. ^ "Jalada". Jalada. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  6. ^ "Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation".
  7. ^ "Wordsbody". 17 March 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d "Richard Ali Reappointed ANA Review Editor".
  9. ^ "Rebel Music and the African Country".
  10. ^ Jalada (2016-05-30). ""Arabic as a Bridge to the Rest of Africa" by Richard Ali". Jalada. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  11. ^ Ali, Richard (2012-11-03). City of Memories. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781480037144.
  12. ^ Wadinga, W. (2013). "Post-Colonial Conflict in Africa: A Study of Richard Ali's City of Memories". AFRREV IJAH: An International Journal of Arts and Humanities. 2 (4): 308–326.
  13. ^ "From Utopia to Nightmare: National Disillusionment in the Age of Iron" (PDF).
  14. ^ Emmanuel Iduma (24 May 2012). "Gambit (The Art of Creating) No. 7 - Richard Ali". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  15. ^ "Valantina Mmaka Acava".