Ikenna Chinedu Okeh joins the team as the Fiction Co-Editor of the new South African based literary journal, Hotazel Review (hotazelreviewlit.org).
Ikenna Chinedu Okeh has published five collections of poetry: A Tale of Two Men, Man Must Whack, The Way of All Things, The Chronicles of Romeo, The Telling of These Parts. Okeh’s two narrative verses, A Tale To Twist and An Eye For An Isle, are both book-length African epic stories with rich cultural and historical backdrops. Roger D’Arcy of LongSongs Music has likened these to Homer’s Iliad, told with simple language.
Okeh has also published two illustrated children’s books The Man Who Thought Little of Himself and When Everyone Sings. Both books are intended to entertain children whilst teaching them values such as self-esteem and diligence. In the time that schools were closed in Nigeria during the COVID-19 lockdown, Okeh set up an initiative on social media that had friends donate towards having copies of the books given out to school-age children in parts of Port-Harcourt.
His works have been referenced in Dr Nicklas Hallen’s academic research article Okadabooks and The Poetics of Uplift.
Okeh started out writing short stories and in 2014 was selected amongst other young writers to participate in the Caine Prize Short Story Surgery. In 2018, Okeh published his first novel, The Operative, a crime novel set in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, but with an international reach.
Okeh also writes music reviews and is co-founder of UbuntuFM Hip-Hop and UbuntuFM Music, both of which are online platforms respectively dedicated to the promotions, digital sales and distribution of music to a global audience.