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Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Ijeoma Umebinyuo is a brilliant writer. There are no ifs and buts about it. When you read her poems and prose, you feel every word as if she was able to enter into your heart and speak your mind. Her style is blunt but poetic and she does not shy away from difficult life topics from the down-side of love to depression to domestic violence. Hers is an afro-feminist voice worth listening to. Ijeoma (also my namesake) recently released a book called Questions for Ada. "Ada" in Igbo means first daughter and so in turn a book for all the women out there. If her blog posts are anything to go by, Questions for Ada is bound to be powerful, defiant, and relevant!

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My writings that deal with feminism, depression, domestic violence, reproductive rights are issues I have been told African women should not discuss openly. But these issues happen, these are important issues too. Either fictional or non-fictional, these stories are true to what is happening and to deny our truths is to lie about our human condition.
— Ijeoma Umebinyuo
The one thing I do not want is for my work to be diluted to fit a certain lens. Diverse narratives are important and dear to me. I am not writing just to tell comfortable stories. That is not the purpose of my writings.
— Ijeoma Umebinyuo
You know, the more I think I have challenges, the more it becomes a learning process. Something that challenges me also makes me more aware. There seem to be an idea of what an African female writer should discuss, what we are told our narratives should entail and when one does not fit into that box, then it becomes quite interesting how your work is received.
My feminism and womanism deeply influences my writing. There is also the hunger to feed the emotions, to heal and most importantly to tell narratives unapologetically. The most important which is the urgency to remove the emotions hiding inside my bones, to give it another home inside stanzas.
IJEOMA UMEBINYUO

IJEOMA UMEBINYUO