Akachi Ezeigbo – essayist, literary theorist, novelist, playwright, poet, short story writer and children’s author – is a Professor of English who taught at UNILAG for over three decades and from there proceeded to teach at Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, in Ebony State. A multiple award-winning writer and scholar, Ezeigbo has received several national and international awards, including a Commonwealth Fellowship; the first Best Researcher Award in the Arts and Humanities at the University of Lagos; Cadbury Poetry Prize; WORDOC Short Story Prize; Flora Nwapa Prize; Zulu Sofola Prize and The Nigeria Prize for Literature. Ezeigbo is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL), the English Studies Association of Nigeria (FESAN), the Literary Society of Nigeria (FLSN) and Association of Nigerian Authors (FANA). She was the Vice President of Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) and Vice President, Nigeria PEN Centre from (2002-2011).
Akachi Ezeigbo was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria. She has lived in different parts of the country – East, North and West and has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and in the USA.
She received the chieftaincy title Ugonwanyi Edemede Ndi-Igbo in 2011 in recognition of her achievements in creative writing and research. In 2016, her hometown, Uga, gave her ‘Gold Award’ for her contributions to the educational, economic and cultural development of the town. Ezeigbo is a gender expert and activist.