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BY THE BOOK: Bura-Bari Nwilo

Thursday May 10 2018

Bura-Bari Nwilo, a Nigerian writer and poet, reads his book

Bura-Bari Nwilo, a Nigerian writer and poet, reads his book "A Tiny Place Called Happiness". PHOTO | COURTESY 

By GLORIA MWANIGA
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Bura-Bari Nwilo’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Review, Kalahari Review, Saraba literary magazine, Sentinel Nigeria, Ake Review, Brittle Paper, Bookslive.co.za, GuerillaBasement, Muwado, Guardian Nigeria, 234Next, Muse Journal of the Department of English and Literary Studies at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, and a lot more.

Bura-Bari’s story, “Like Eyes Liquid with Hope”, was long-listed for the annual Writivism literary festival in Kampala, Uganda, and included in an anthology.

His book of short stories, A Tiny Place Called Happiness, was shortlisted for the ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for short stories in 2017.

Bura-Bari, a native of Ogoniland in Rivers State, lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He studied English and Literature at the University of Nigeria.

He spoke to Nation.co.ke.

Tell me the three books that excited you the most in 2017?

To narrow the books I found exciting in 2017 down to three would be a bit unfair but I’d try.

I read Never Look an American in the Eye, the non-fiction book by Okey Ndibe. I love Mr Ndibe’s writing, his choice of words and narrative pattern. It might not have been the stories but maybe the presentations and the ease with which the stories flow