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AMATORITSERO EDE was born on the 6th of March, 1963 in Nigeria. He has been published in the past in Nigerian Newspapers and recently in "Olongo" (Ibadan Journal of the Arts, Nigeria); in international journals like "Versal" in Amsterdam. He also appears in the following anthologies: Voices  from the Fringe: An ANA Anthology of New Nigerian Poetry.  Harry Garuba ed. (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1987); The Faith of Vultures: BBC Prize-Winning Poetry. Peter Porter et al. ed. (Oxford: Heinemann International, 1989); Und auf den Strassen eine Pest. Uche Nduka ed. (Bad Honnef, Germany: Horlemann Verlag, 1996); May Ayim Award Anthology, Peggy Piesche et al eds. (Berlin, Germany: Orlanda Verlag, 2004). 

In 1993 he won the runner-up prize of the Association of Nigerian Authors' (ANA) Poetry Competition with the manuscript of "A Writer's Pains". And in 1998 he won the ANA All Africa Christopher Okigbo Prize for Literature (endowed by Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel laureate) with his first collection of poems,
Collected Poems: A writer's Pains & Caribbean Blues (Bremen, Germany: Yeti Press, 1998; Lagos: Oracle Books, 2001) and second prize in the first May Ayim Award: International Black German Literary Prize, in 2004.

He is currently working on a novel, a second collection of poems,
Hitler's Children, and a play. He has had readings all over Europe - for example at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the German PEN Centre in Berlin and at the Tropical Museum in Amsterdam. In 2002 Amatoritsero Ede received a combined Honours Masters degree in German Language & Linguistics and Literature in English & Cultural Studies from the University of Hannover in Germany.  He is an honorary member of PEN Canada and lives in Edmonton, Canada.

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