Jerry Chiemeke

Jerry Chiemeke is a columnist, culture critic and lawyer. His works have appeared in The Inlandia Journal, The Johannesburg Review of Books, The Guardian, Honey & Lime, Bone and Ink Press and Agbowo, among others. A lover of long walks and alternative rock music, Jerry lives in Lagos, Nigeria where he is working on a novel. He is the winner of the 2017 Ken Saro Wiwa Prize for Reviews, and he was shortlisted for the 2019 Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction. Jerry has been a featured contributor for platforms like Okadabooks, Bellanaija, The Bagus, The Lagos Review and the Opera News Hub. He has also facilitated writing workshops in different parts of Nigeria, and for his contribution to the Nigerian literary community, he was presented with the 2019 Connect Nigeria Award for Excellence.

Books by Jerry Chiemeke

the colours in these leaves

"The Colours In These Leaves" is a hybrid of poetry and non-fictional prose that dwells on the human condition. Introspective, purgatory and sometimes self-deprecating, "The Colours In These Leaves" examines a wide range of themes, including heartbreak, loss, disillusionment, depression, fickle human relationships and the allure of suicide. It provides little hope, but it's honest in all its gloom. With the need for increased mental awareness, this book is as relevant as it is confessional.

notes for nnedimma

"Notes for Nnedimma" is a short collection of intense, sensual poems. A body of work that defies the rules of conventional poetry compilations, it explores the nuances of lust, desire, love and divine femininity. Lyrical in the flow of its verses and deliberate in the delivery of its lines, "Notes for Nnedimma" reads like a medley of love songs, with all the accompanying tingles and blushes.

dreaming of ways to understand you

“Dreaming of Ways To Understand You” is a collection of fifteen short stories that explore the complexities of human relationships. From the nightclubs in Lagos to the slums of Warri, from university campuses in Calabar to forests in Asaba, these stories take us on a journey through the lives of characters who attempt to navigate the intricacies of living in contemporary Nigeria: an online hookup takes a really awkward turn, a secondary school reunion brings back memories of sexual assault, a lawyer struggles to keep up with the mental health complexities of his love interest, a queer woman battles with decade-long commitment issues, a long cross-country trip brings ethnic stereotypes to the fore, and a young man is forced to reminisce on a childhood crush while reliving moments from a difficult past. Viewing modern Nigeria from the perspective of individuals navigating relevant social issues while making sense of their own lives, “Dreaming of Ways To Understand You” is a collection that employs introspection and multiple narrative techniques to address themes like mental health, sexuality, body positivity, ethnic sentiment and domestic violence, with significant immersion in pop culture.


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