Much-loved writer Ifeoma Onyefulu tells Overtime about her bestselling short story

The writer came to London from Nigeria to further her education at the age of 20 and has always wanted to show people how beautiful and vibrant Africa is. She has published more than 20 short stories aimed at children, but they can be enjoyed by adults too. I, for instance- have savoured her picture-books and spoke to a group of people about what they thought of ‘A is for Africa’ which was published in 1993 and takes readers through an alphabetical adventure. Onyefulu has led exhibitions at The British Library, one of which was called ‘One Big Family’, based on the children’s book ‘One Big Family: Sharing Life in an African Village’.

Speaking to the panel of readers, they expressed how it was nice to have a bit of diversification in what their children were reading, as opposed to classics like Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. The author’s literature is internationally recognised and she was a nominee of the Kate Greenaway medal; a prestigious British award given annually.

Onyefulu wrote a play last summer ‘No Water in the Jungle’ which was about what we can do to tackle the climate crisis and as is currently working on a one-woman monologue that will show in London. Here is where you can buy her books:

Featured image by Ifeoma Onyefulu

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