Albert Afeso Akanbi

Albert Afeso

 

Albert Afeso Akanbi is many things rolled into one. He is a staff of the National Space Research and Development Agency, a community worker, a columnist, public speaker and a meticulous researcher. A native of Ososo, a scenic town of streams and rocks in the undulating Somorika hills in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State in Nigeria, he was born on 31st March 1982 in Igarra, a small town in the same local government, but grew up in Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria.

For him, creative writing is a calling. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and numerous other certifications in the writing craft. In May of 2014 he was named the Author of the Month for the Africa Book Club and in August of the same year, he received the Guardian of the Nation certificate of Achievement. One of his short stories was among the 50 stories selected from 38 writers representing 16 countries that appeared in the African Book Club’s maiden anthology ‘The Bundles of Joy and Other Stories from Africa’ published in the United State of America in 2014. ‘Urushi’, ‘Ebheshina’, ‘Shadow To Light’ and ‘The Footpath’ have been published in various online platforms, both local and international. ‘That Sunday Afternoon’ won the maiden WordMaster Writers’ Challenge competition in May, 2015. In October of the same year, he became the first and only African among the 20 writers selected from over 800 extra-ordinary applicants from around the world to attend the October 2015 Sangam House International Residency in India where he completed his manuscript of The Forked Stick.

He is the author of the novels Cold Black Night, November 5 and numerous other short stories and articles.

He was at a time the Osun State Coordinator of Society of Young Nigerian Writers and currently a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors. He is a member of the Board of Trustee of Paulash Community Development Initiative (PCDI) a Non-Governmental Organisations dedicated to the welfare of the African child.

He is the father of one.