Advice for Black Writers from Uzodinma Iweala, Wayetu Moore & Helon Habilia



Uzodinma Iweala, Wayetu Moore & Helon Habilia offer advice for black writers at the New York Writers Institute’s 2019 Albany Book Festival at SUNY Albany.

Uzodinma Iweala (at left) is a writer and medical doctor of Nigerian descent who is currently CEO and editor-in-chief of Ventures Africa. His 2005 book Beasts of No Nation (2005), the story of a child soldier in West Africa, became the basis of a Netflix original film starring Idris Elba. He is also the author of Our Kind of People: Thoughts on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (2012).

Wayétu Moore (center), born in Liberia, moved with her family to New York City to escape civil war when she was five. She is the author of She Would Be King (2018) and founder of One Moore Book, a publisher of educational stories for children whose cultures have been underrepresented in the publishing industry or are from countries with low literacy rates.

Helon Habila (at right), born in Nigeria, is an author, poet and professor of creative writing at George Mason University in Virginia. His books include Travelers (2019), an exploration of the African diaspora in Europe, and The Chibok Girls: the Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria (2016).

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