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Nnorom Azuonye

Founder & Administrator

 

Nnorom Azuonye is a native of Isuikwuato in present day Abia State of Nigeria. He was born at Enugu, Republic of Biafra in July 1967, and has held a Nigerian passport since July 1981.

 

He studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and has done extensive work in the theatre, television and film. He has played Sergeant in Once Upon Four Robbers by Femi Osofisan (1988, 1989), Forest Head in A Dance of The Forests by Wole Soyinka (1989), Dr Egbunike in Scars That Mar by Nnamdi Ndu (1989), Chief Isokipiri Erekosima in Hangmen Also Die by Esiaba Irobi (1989),  The Masked Spirit Afo in When The Arrow Rebounds - Emeka Nwabueze's stage adaptation of Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God (1990), Chief Olorogun in Echoes of The Night by Tony Don-Pedro Amabibi (1990), German Officer in Kinjeketile by Ebrahim Hussein (1990), Seer in Colours of The Rainbow by Adah Ugah (1991), and Ogbuefi Idigo in both the stage and television versions of Guardians of The Cosmos by Emeka Nwabueze. He also designed the set for Kinjeketile and Echoes of The Night (both in 1990), and directed Maama by Kwesi Kay (1989) and Childe Internationale by Wole Soyinka in 1990. He has also worked as Associate Producer on the straight to video film Good Friends directed by Obi Emelonye and as co-screenwriter (uncredited) and Script Developer on the film Echoes of War also directed by Obi Emelonye which premiered at the UCI Pall Mall in 2003. Azuonye's play A Tasty Taboo, directed by Godwin Atakulu received its world premiere in April 1990.

 

In 2003, Azuonye's first collection of poems, Letter To God & Other Poems was published by Nsibidi Africana Publishers, and his second collection, The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road was published in 2005 by Eastern Light EPM International. His poetry, interviews, essays and fiction have appeared in international journals including Agenda, Keystone, Poetry Monthly, Orbis, Olongo, The Guardian, Drumvoices Revue, Flair, Eclectica (2005, 2006), World Haiku Review (4-1 5-1), Sketchbook (Nov06, Dec06), The Muse Apprentice Guild, Weekly Star, Sunday Chronicle, Mindfire Renew (0206), Poet's Letter and Theatre Forum. His poems have also appeared in the print anthologies Voices Against Racism: 100 Poems Against Racism (UK, 1998), For The Love of God (Singapore, 2004), Songs for Wonodi edited by Dike Okoro  and the online anthologies Poesie Du Monde, and Other Voices Poetry (Vol.15).

 

Azuonye founded Sentinel Poetry Movement in 2002. The movement is fast-growing into the premier international community of poets and artists online. He was editor of Sentinel Poetry (Online) between December 2002 and February 2005, and edited Sentinel Poetry Quarterly July 2004 - December 2006. He is currently Managing Editor, SPM Publications, the publishing arm of Sentinel Poetry Movement and Editor, Sentinel Literary Quarterly.

 

In 2005, he established Eastern Light EPM International - an Entertainment, Publishing and Marketing Services outfit.

 

He lives in London, UK with his wife, Thelma Nwamamaka, son Arinzechukwu Chinedum and daughter Nwachiamanda Ola.

 

 

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