Name: RICHARD ALI
Book(s): CITY OF MEMORIES, Origami Books, 2012; Rebel Music and the African Country [Essay], Jalada; The Age of Buhari: Regicide and the Post Ethnic Youth [Essay]
Genre: Poetry, Prose (Fiction,Non-fiction)
- Most Impacting Author of The Year Award (Great Minders International)
- Runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition (for City of Memories)
- Emmanuel Iduma interviews Richard Ali for The Mantle: Gambit
- Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire interviews Richard Ali for This is Africa
- Valentina Mmaka Acava interviews Richard Ali for Authors in Africa
Richard Ali, a lawyer, was born in Kano, Nigeria and grew up in the resort town of Jos. He holds an LL.B from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. He was the youngest magazine Editor in Nigeria at the Kaduna-based Sardauna Magazine [2004—2006].
Author of the warmly received 2012 novel, City of Memories, Richard was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. In March 2008, he was selected amongst 50 other emerging Nigerian writers to participate in the British Council’s Radiophonics Workshop at Kano, facilitated by Dr. Graham Mort [University of Lancaster]. He joined the Sentinel Literary Movement of Nigeria in 2011 and undertook the editorship of fourteen quarterly Sentinel Nigeria Magazine [www.sentinelnigeria.org] issues.
In 2011, at the International Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors, he was elected as Publicity Secretary [North] and served for four years.
He co-founded Nigeria’s third largest publishing company in 2012. Parrésia Publishers Ltd has published well over fifty books under its two main imprints—Parrésia Books and Origami Books. Amongst Parresia’s authors are BBC African Performance Prize winning Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, NLNG Nigeria Prize winning Chika Unigwe as well as the poet, amu nnadi, who won the 2014 Glenna Luschei Prize. A third imprint, Cordite Books, for crime fiction, is edited by award winning George Mason University professor, Helon Habila—who is also a Parresia Books author.
Richard has completed a 6-week Residency at the Ebedi Writers Residency Program. He has also attended Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop , the Nairobi British Council/GRANTA Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Ellah Allfrey, Nadifa Mohammed and Adam Foulds , has been a Guest at Writivism Festival [Kampala, 2014 and 2015] and the Ake Arts and Book Festival , is a member of the Nairobi-based Jalada Writers Cooperative and sits on the Board of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation [Uganda].
In May 2016, he delivered an address titled “Arabic as a Bridge to Africa” at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair (published in Jalada).
He lives in Abuja where he practices law at Wadata Chambers and runs an IT-company together with the northern office Parrésia Publishers Ltd where he serves as Chief Operating Officer. He enjoys chess, reading and travelling.
I am a member of the WRR editorial team.