Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

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Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike (or Uche Peter Umez) is a Nigerian author. Umez's first published work of poetry, Dark through the Delta, deals with the recurring despoliation of Nigeria using the Niger Delta as its motif.

A graduate of Government & Public Administration from Abia State University, Umez is also the author of Tears in her Eyes (short stories) and Aridity of Feelings (poems). He has a master's degree in English Studies from the University of Port Harcourt and is currently a PhD student at the University of Alberta, Canada.


Children's Fiction[edit]

  • Sam and the Wallet (Funtime TV Enterprises, 2007)
  • “Tim the Monkey and Other Stories” (Africana First Publishers, 2013)
  • “The Boy Who Throws Stones at Animals and Other Stories” (Melrose Books, 2011)
  • “The Runaway Hero” (Jalaa Writers’ Collective, 2011)

Short fiction[edit]

  • Tears in Her Eyes (Edu-Edy Publications, 2005)


  • Aridity of Feelings (Edu-Edy Publications, 2006)
  • Dark through the Delta (Edu-Edy Publications, 2004)

Awards and grants[edit]

  • Fellow, Civitella Ranieri, Italy, 2012[1]
  • Shortlisted, Nigeria LNG Prize for Literature, 2011[2]
  • Fellow, Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland, 2010[3]
  • Laureate, UNESCO-Aschberg, Sanskriti Kendra, India, 2009[4]
  • Alumnus, Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop, Accra, Ghana, 2009[5]
  • Alumnus, International Writing Program, Iowa City, USA, 2008[6]