Chioma Ebele Mbanisi

I spent my growing-up years mostly in the village with my paternal grandfather, who died in 1996 at 107 years. He was a skilled storyteller, and I was a great listener. Ours was a match made in heaven, especially because he believed I am his mother’s reincarnate. He told me stories sprinkled with adages and created vivid pictures of his life growing up. As a youth, I had the vocabulary of the aged. I graduated from the University of Ibadan where I studied Linguistics. I also have a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. Over twenty years of working in different financial institutions and the noisy hustle of the city could not stifle the urge to write. My début novel ‘When a Father Bleeds’, published in 2020, is about the patriarchal life of the Igbos and the challenges of the girl child. I live in Lagos, Nigeria

Books by Chioma Ebele Mbanisi

fish bone

Trouble begins at home. Ezenwa came to the village to spend two months’ vacation. His sole aim was to bask in the love of willing girls. He could not have imagined giving a plate of rice to one of his girlfriends could spin off a chain of reactions.

the outing dance

Since childhood, and for reasons Enyi could not understand, Nkenke always taunted him. Enyi was no stranger to verbal salvos, but he had a secret, which stopped him from responding to Nkenke. When Nkenke’s insults increased after Enyi’s two daughters married, Enyi was afraid that Nkenke will push him to the point he will spill the beans. What is this secret anyway?

micheal jankson, my love

Set in 1982, thirteen-year-old Ngozi who lives in a village in Eastern Nigeria has an epiphany that a famous musician is her husband. The problem is that he lives in the United States. She writes a letter to him.

when a father bleeds

Welcome to the fictional town of Okeobodo in Eastern Nigeria, where like many Eastern towns, patriarchy holds sway, where wives without sons are not respected, where the female child is considered less valuable than a she-goat, where people believe reading the Bible could lead to madness. Welcome to Okeobodo, the home of Onye Ocha stream, where the rules from the stream goddess leave both young and old in fear. We journey with Nnenna, a girl child, as she dares the odds…


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