Izunna Okafor
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Izunna Okafor

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When The Value of Paper And Pen Is Undermined, Mental Dilapidation Becomes The Order of The Day - Izunna Okafor Jan 17, 2019

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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 1
    Location:
    Awka
    Occupation:
    Writing
    Izunna Okafor (born 9th Jan. 1994) is an award wining creative Young
    Nigerian Novelist, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Editor, Translator,
    Publicist , Igbo Language Activist and an Administrator who hails from
    Ebenator in Nnewi South L.G.A of Anambra State Nigeria. He had his
    secondary school at Community Secondary School Ebenator. He is now a
    graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe Awka, where he studied Public Administration. He
    also holds O.N.D in Public Administration from the same school.

    As an award winning creative Young Writer, Izunna has written and published
    five books which have been widely praised and applauded. He is the Author
    of: 'IKEM'S ADVENTURE' (his first book) which was published in Nigeria in
    the year 2012, during his secondary school; 'THE CURSE OF A WIDOW' his
    second novel (published in 2013); 'THE FAITHFUL CHILDREN' his third book
    (published in 2014, and given Outstanding recognition in the SYNW/ Ezenwa
    Ohaeto Prize for Young Nigerian Novelists 2015); 'AJO ENYI', his fourth
    book published in 2015 (the winner of The 2015 Society of Young Nigerian
    Writers Award/Pita Nwanna Award for Igbo Literature, The 2015 Nigerian
    Writers Award/ Indigenous Writer of The Year, and also shortlisted for The
    2015 Young Nigerian Writer of The Year). African Blood (A Short Story)
    published (online) in 2017. He also has numerous articles/essays, poems and
    short stories to his credit, most of which are published online both
    nationally and internationally.

    Izunna writes perfectly in Igbo and English languages, and has published
    has published numerously in both languages.

    Aside being a talented award-winning young creative writer, Izunna is also
    an Igbo Language Activist who has played and continued to play great roles
    in ensuring the sustenance and promotion of Igbo Language and culture. He
    preaches and takes the 'gospel' of Igbo language and the need for its
    sustenance to ever nook and cranny, ranging from schools to churches,
    Radio/Television Stations, and to other public places, being part if his
    own contribution and strategic measures to ensure that the Igbo Language
    does not go extinct as predicted by the UNESCO in 2012. Two of his debut
    articles titled 'SAY NO TO IGBO EXTINCTION' and " Asụsụ Igbo Amaka" have
    also contributed immensely in the cause and in peaking the clarion call for
    Igbo Language sustenance . He also has other numerous initiatives through
    which he plays the roles.

    With his fourth Igbo novel 'AJO ENYI' he became the first Nigerian writer
    win the Indigenous Writer of the Year in the Nigerian Writers Award, just
    as he was also the first Indigenous writer to win the Pita Nwana Prize for
    Igbo Literature. Izunna has transformed many lives through his books. He
    has motivated many youths to become creative and productive, and he is a
    role model to many students.

    Izunna Okafor, as young as he is, started pursuing his writing career
    during his secondary school era because he cherishes and has lots of
    interest for education and literary works. His books have been widely
    appraised and applauded by known men, notable authors, co-young authors,
    lecturers, school heads, literary critiques, teachers, reviewers, students
    and so many other people who have come across them. Izunna Okafor has
    featured and participated in so many writers seminars, workshops,
    conferences and writers awards. He has also been featured in the literary
    programme called Literary Forum, being anchored by the Anambra Broadcasting
    Service.

    He has won and been nominated for a plethora of awards which include:

    The Nigerian Writers Award/Indigenous Writer of The Year 2015/2016

    Pita Nwana Prize For Igbo Literature 2015

    Society of Young Nigerian Writers Award Nigeria

    Heritage Icon Award/Young Writer of the Year Federal Republic of Nigeria
    2016;

    Merit Award from The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (2016);

    Award of Recognition From Students’ Union Government, Unizik (2017)

    Nigerian Writers Award/Young Writer of The Year 2015/2016;

    N.Y.S.C. Essay Competition 2012;

    SLAM Hero Youth International Award/Innovative Youth of the Year 2016;

    Ark Foundation Quiz Competition 2016

    AEYC/Youth Writer of The Year 2016

    Award of Academic Excellence from The National Association of Public
    Administration Students (2016);

    Inspire Award /Outstanding Youth in Academics 2017.

    NAPAS Academic Icon of The Year 2017;

    Anambra Campus Award 2017/Campus Writer of The Year 2017

    Award of Excellence from The Society of Young Nigerian Writers 2016;

    Anambra Exclusive Youth Choice Award/Outstanding Youth of the Year 2017;

    Youth Writer of The Year 2016 NAPAS Essay Competition 2017;

    Starlett Entertainment Award/Creative Writer of the Year 2016;

    LitraNation Indigenous Book of The Month (December) 2016

    Ambassador TFA in Nigeria

    Creative Crew Africa/ Young Talent of The Year 2018, among others;

    Campus Best Writer 2018/Campus Journalist of The Year 2018

    Best Secretary General of NAPAS (2018)

    He also has numerous Certificates of Merit, Award, Recognition, the most
    recent of which are

    the Certificate of Recognition From The ImpactField Global Initiative
    (2018);

    the Certificate of Merit from the Applex Art and Creative Crew Africa
    (2018) among others.

    At the age of 22, Izunna was nominated for The Future Award Africa
    2016/African Prize For Education, which is the biggest and most prestigious
    African Youth Award.

    He has been published in so many magazines, websites, literary blogs and
    journals both nationally and internationally.

    In addition to these, Izunna is also a renowned journalist and a columnist
    currently working with the 'Anambra Newspaper and Printing Coporation', the
    publishers of National Light Newspaper (www.nationallightngr.com) and Ka Ọ
    Dị Taa, an Igbo Language Newspaper (www.kaoditaa.com). He also writes for
    and works with the online Igbo Radio (www.igboradio.com), with its
    headquarter based in Canada, as well as numerous other media/publishing
    houses, both the online and print media.

    Izunna is the coordinator of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra
    State Chapter as well as the brain behind “Remembering Chinua Achebe: A
    Literary Icon” which is an annual literary event he organizes in memory of
    Late Prof. Chinua Achebe, under the umbrella of Society of Young Nigerian
    Writers, Anambra chapter. He is an ambassador of TFA Africa in Nigeria; the
    ambassador of Read Across Nigeria in Anambra State. As an alumnus of
    Unizik, he is also the immediate past Secretary General of National
    Association of Public Administration Students, as well as the current
    National Secretary General of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers.

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