Precocious and fine art child prodigy, *Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima*, now47, is an award-winning Nigerian writer and producer. A member of theAssociation of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Chautauqua Literary and ScientificCircle (CLSC), and Online News Association (ONA), New York, USA, he’sFounder and President of the United Artists for Human Development (UAHD)since 2000. He is also President/CEO of King of Kings Books International, aduly registered Nigerian publishing company that launched the first King ofKings Books International National Literary Scholarship Essay Competitionfor Secondary Schools in Nigeria held at the University of Lagos on June 30,2003.
E.M. Chima has been consistent with his extraordinary, albeit unsungachievements. At 13, he won the first prize in a national essay competitionon “What I like Best about Nigeria” in 1976. At 17, he directed his firstplay “The Prodigal” at the National Museum in Lagos and was interviewed inthe Times International news magazine of Nigeria. At 18 he became aprofessional TV scriptwriter for Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) *Channel10*, where he would write some 20 teleplays for the TV puppet drama from1981 to 1984. At 20, he was selected to represent Nigeria at twointernational book fairs for picture books in Japan; he single-handedlysponsored Nigeria’s participation at the events. His “Captain Santana” comicwas later reviewed in *West Africa* newsmagazine in 1984. At 21, he wascommissioned by the Johns Hopkins University’s Population CommunicationServices (JHU/PCS) as a public health illustrator for family planningeducation. He produced nine family planning methods booklets in PidginEnglish, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba for low literacy families in Nigeria in1984. Then in 1985, he was commissioned by the Programme of AppropriateTechnology in Health (PATH) based in Seattle, Washington, USA, to produce 3booklets for safe formula-feeding and prevention of harmful traditionalpractices. During this time he was in the employ of *Kiddies World* magazineas Art/Features Editor. At 25, he was appointed a program consultant for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and at 30, he directed and produceda documentary on the popular Tejuoso Market in Yaba, Lagos, and coordinatedthe Market Based Distribution of 100 Traders on Primary Health CareAwareness in 1995. At 34, he took up appointment as Editor of*Affections*international magazine, based in Lagos.
EM Chima’s first book *Children of Heaven* (Krystal Books)* *was publishedin 1988 and launched at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs(NIIA) on the Victoria Island in Lagos. Reports were aired on the networknews of Radio Nigeria, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), with reviewscarried in *The Guardian* and *Punch*, leading Nigerian newspapers. From1990 to 1993, he worked as a studio artist and full-time writer, with worksexhibited and sold at galleries and art exhibitions in Lagos. The FriedrichEbert Foundation included him in a group art exhibition at the University ofLagos in 1992. In 1993, he became the IEC Officer of the Centre forEducation on Population, AIDS, and Drug Abuse (CEPADA), while he served ascurator and national coordinator of the Nigerian Network of NGOs (NNNGO)1993 World AIDS Day Art Exhibition at the National Museum and NationalTheatre in Lagos. In 1997, popular Nigerian model, author and celebrityblogger Linda Ikeji, then 17, came to his editorial office where he guidedand motivated her in her tall ambition to be a world-class model and shelater became one of the highest paid models in Nigeria. He was the firstManaging Editor of her groundbreaking *Fashion, Modeling and Beauty* -- FM&BMagazine -- for which he created a blog -- www.fmbmagazine.blogspot.com -- in2006 before Linda took over blogging on her own popular Linda Ikeji Blog in2007. Chima also discovered and motivated the popular Nollywood actor EmekaEnyiocha from the early 1990s to date. Since 2000 to date, Chima has beenself-employed as an independent Producer and Director of TV/ Film and Music.Back in 1998, he was Production Manager of “Money Wise” on DBN TV, Lagos,Nigeria till the year 2000.
In 2002, he directed and produced “Sleepless Night,” a musical drama on thelate M.K.O. Abiola and the June 12 political impasse; it was sponsored byDele Momodu, publisher of Ovation International magazine, the FrenchCultural Centre and the United Artists for Human Development (UAHD) and “SheComes on Sundays” a musical CD (2003) broadcast on the BBC in April 2003. Heis currently working on a feature documentary titled, “Winds of Fire, Windsof Change: New Dawn in the Niger Delta” and a film, “Naked Beauty” on BonnyIsland in Nigeria. He has also started research for a film on “Mary Slessor”the legendary Scottish missionary who fought to end the ritual killing oftwins among the people of Calabar and Akwa Ibom in South Eastern Nigeria inthe 19th century. Chima is the Publisher and Editor International DigitalPost Network (IDPN) LLC, the largest Nigerian online news and informationnetwork of nearly 30 websites. He was the Managing Editor of the Fashion,Modeling, and Beauty (FM&B) magazine and writes for other internationalmagazines and presently the Media Consultant of Supple magazine in Lagos,Nigeria. He is the author of “Children of Heaven”, 1988 , “Scarlet Tears ofLondon”, 2006, “Memories of a Refugee Child”, 2007, “Bye Bye Mugabe”, 2008,“ The Nigerian Fools Who Think They Can Fool God”, 2008 and the editor of“The Language of True Love”, 2006. His next book “Barack Obama and theAmerican Dream” will be released in November 2010.E.M. Chima created EkoInternational Film Festival (ekoifF) *www.ekoiff.com*Address: Supple Magaziine1, Bajulaiye Road, Shomolu, Lagos, Nigeria.Tel: 234 7066379246
I have been most inspired by the Word of God according to the Holy Bible, because this is first book my mother Mrs. Gladys Eke read to me and the only book she read in her mother tongue of Igbo until she passed on to eternal glory. Then later, I discovered William Shakespeare and John Milton who really influenced me and finally Franz Kafka.
1. Barack Obama and the American Dream (non-fiction)
2. Time after Time (poetry)
3. Bye, Bye Mugabe (short stories)
4. Where Dogs Eat Dogs (non-fiction)
Charity, democracy, music, movies, photography, travel and community service.
Citizen jourmnalism, hunan rights, Christianity
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