Emmanuel Iduma


Project Participated in: 2011 & 2012 Road Trips; Accra Project
Administrative Role: Director, Research & Concept Development



Emmanuel Iduma’s first novel, Farad, was published in Nigeria in 2012 (Parresia) to wide acclaim. He is co-founder of Saraba Magazine, editor of 3bute.com, and Director of Research & Concept Development of Invisible Borders. He is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology of interviews and short stories Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle/McNally Jackson). In 2011 and 2012, he was in-house writer/blogger for the Invisible Borders Trans-African road trip from Lagos to Addis Ababa and Libreville respectively. He was longlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize in 2013. In 2012 and 2013, Iduma was curator of TEDxIfe which brought together eminent Nigerians from the creative industry. Following the success of his events, he was awarded a Gates Foundation Fellowship to attend the TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh in June 2013. Currently studying for an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York, Iduma’s work have been published widely. His published writing includes poetry, fiction and essays.


Links: Website: www.mriduma.com See the 2011 & 2012 for blogposts by Iduma


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  • August 25 – October 9, 2012: In-house writer/blogger & web content manager, The Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Road Trip (Lagos – Libreville) on archive.invisible-borders.com
  • November 5 – December 16, 2011: In-house writer/blogger, The Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Road Trip (Lagos – Addis Ababa) on archive.invisible-borders.com
  • September 2011 – Date: African Letters on Mantle Thought
  • September 2011 – December 2011: On literature, travelling and living on Ktravula.com
  • June 2011 – Date: On literature, activism, new media on Blacklooks.org


  • 02/2013 – “Farad” adopted for the literature curriculum of Lagos State University, Department of English
  • 03/2013 – “Farad” adopted for the literature curriculum of the Department of Literature, Redeemers University, Nigeria
  • 06/2012 – Co-winner, Chain Gang Challenge, Short Story Day Africa.
  • 08/2011 – Winner, Category 1, Al Mahdiya Essay Competition
  • 10/2010 – Winner, StoryTime One Sentence Competition
  • 10/2010 – 1st Prize, Naija Stories Independence Day Contest
  • 1/2008 – Finalist, Words In Action International Literary Contest
  • 09/2008 – 2nd Place, Avant Garde Poetry Contest, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • 09/2008 – 1st Place, Afolabi Rotimi Memorial Essay Competition, organized by the Equity Chambers, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife


  • 08/2007 – 09/2008 – Initiator/co-facilitator, Colloquium of New Writing, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (organizing a young writers workshop for students in the University)
  • 01/2012 – 08/2012: Initiator/Interviewer, The Gambit, for www.mantlethought.org [Gambit is an interview series with 10 emerging African writers who do not have a book published. The interviews and short stories by the writers are planned to be published in the coming fall.]
  • 02/2009 – Date – Co-founder, Saraba Magazine (www.sarabmag.com) [a literary magazine published as free pdf downloads online; up to 14 separate issues published since 2009 and 6 poetry chapbooks; hailed as one of the best literary journals on the African continent]
  • 28 – 30/05/2011 – Creative Director, Saraba Writing Workshop [a 3-day workshop for young writers in Obafemi Awolowo University
  • 12/2011 – date – Editor, 3bute.com [3bute is an online anthology of African modernity, where stories are illustrated and visitors can add their context via Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.]
  • 02/2013 – date – Participant, Touching Elephants (www.touchingelephants.tumblr.com) – [Touching Elephants is a group-edited blog where 6 writers and photographers from around the world respond through text and images to photos from the UK National Colonial Archive]
  • 01/2012 – 06/2013: Curator/Primary Licencee, TEDxIfe (www.tedxife.com) [TEDxIfe is an independently organized TED event with licence from TED]


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