Francis Okechukwu Ohanyido is a public health physician and philosopher-poet based in Kaduna state Nigeria. He started writing very early in life with most of his early influences coming from the works of wordsmiths like Achebe, Soyinka, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Chinweizu, and Ekwensi to mention just a few. He is the author of two collections; The Clankind Anthology and The Red Masquerade. He is also a prolific fine artist and designer. In th early nineties in the spirit of the Neo-African Renaissance, he started a Pan-African intellectual wave called Afrisecal Movement (sometimes called Afrisecaism). He has won many awards in the different genres of literature like the 1996 St. Pirans Poet Laureate. He is married to another young and equally versatile poet, Paula Iriowen Ohanyido, who is an Ecologist and lecturer in Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. They are blessed with two children. He is an active member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Kaduna alongside Kaduna Writers League.

Unigwe C. Emmanuel is a fast rising creative writer, poet, singer-songwriter, and stand –up comedian. He hails from Okija in Ihiala local government area of Anambra, but lives in Lagos. The 30 year old prolific wordsmith is a multiple winner of the ALIVE 2000 / 2001 song contest organized by the united states Agency for international development (USAID) and family health international (FHI Nigeria). He also won the DTD / NESCAFE poetry prize in the year 2002. Among his works are Golden words of wisdom (Published) a collection of indigenous African proverbs and wise sayings. Other unpublished works are the Aburi Encounter (short story), trials and triumphs of great men (motivational), Jemimah the bitter and the sweet (prose), dreams don’t always die (a play), and point of no return (short story). He is the financial secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (Lagos state chapter) and works as a facilitator for a Nigerian-based NGO.

Ebele Jane Uche-Nwakile is an old soul who reincarnated in this lifetime as the granddaughter of the late Chief Peter Nwakile Nwanolude "Ichie Ezenwaka" of Eastern Nigeria. Born in the age of Disco, Afros and Bellbottoms, she grew up with the works of Achebe, Nwapa, Okigbo, Senghor, Brutus, Tagore, Shakespeare, Neruda, Yeats and Gibran. Her poems have been published in such books and magazines as The Rustling Leaves, A Celebration of Poets, Uhuru and Pigs 'n Poets. As she journeys through this life, eagerly anticipating the future and the publication of her collection of poems and short stories, she is a student at Kent State University, Ohio.

Dike Okoro, a poet and fiction writer, is a candidate for the M.F.A degree in creative writing at Chicago State University. He has taught English at colleges/universities in Michigan and Illinois. His work has appeared in Warpland, Washington Review, African Spectrum, Chicago Defender, and Firefly Magazine.

Barthosa Nkurumeh as an artist works in diverse media. He received his formal art training at the University of Nigeria, synonymous with the Uli style, an established school in contemporary Nigerian art. Thus, until recently, his visual compositions were ornately textured and balanced with patterns borrowed from Uli body decorations, traditional wall paintings, carved doors, domestic and ritual objects. Since the 1970's, he has worked in several media including metal-smithing, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking and painting. His poems, drawings and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Contemporary African Art, and St. James Guide to Black Artists. The art of Barthosa Nkurumeh has been features in more than seventy art exhibition in several countries. The artist has completed a number of artist-in-residence programs and several art workshops and lectures for American schools, and museums. From 1993-2000, Nkurumeh taught art at Cheyney University and Clarion University, Pennsylvania. He attended Teachers College-Columbia University, New York for doctoral studies and he is now completing work on a Ph D in art education at the University of North Texas, Denton.

Azuka Nzegwu graduated from Binghamton University in May 2001 with honors in Africana Studies. She is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, an Honorable Mention in the USA TODAY All-Academic College Team, Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Faculty-Student Scholar, Empire Minority Scholar, and a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She presented a paper on telecommunication at the 24th Annual New York State Africana Studies Conference at SUNY Cortland in April 2000. She also served as the President of Golden Key International Honour Society and Vice-President of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Azuka has been invited on numerous occasions to perform her poems both in the University and in the community. Her poem has appeared in A Prism of Thoughts.

He has been working in development in Africa for the past 10 years. His writing is strongly influenced by observation of African politics, both throughout the cold war period and into the current era of pseudo-democracy in Africa. He is the author of Cyclones of the Human Heart and The Shadow of Rainbow.

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