Bura-Bari Vincent Nwilo: A Refreshing New Voice of Nigerian Literature

By Ikenga Chronicles September 15, 2016

Bura-Bari Vincent Nwilo: A Refreshing New Voice of Nigerian Literature

One of Nigeria’s most refreshing literary voices, Bura-Bari Nwilo has published a collection of short stories and flash fiction, entitled A Tiny Place Called Happiness.


A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a book of short stories with twenty-two stories. Nwilo, who is also the author of Diary Of A Stupid Boyfriend, is one of the most innovative and refreshingly experimental voices in Nigerian literature. He is funny, has a huge social media followership that he keeps thrilled with his funny and educative updates.

According to Nwilo; “I am a writer, lover of photography and music. While I take photos for fun, I cannot sing to save my life. I have lived in Nsukka for four years. I was born in Port Harcourt.”

Nwilo’s publication of  A Tiny Place Called Happiness comes at a time when happiness has become an essential commodity amongst Nigerian youths, and indeed all Nigerians. Ever the pragmatic writer, Bura-Bari Nwilo attempts to use the book to reveal that happiness comes in different shades, for different people. Accordingly, he perceives “the stories… [as being] reflective of what happiness means to several people, not necessarily conventions. This is achieved using the characters and settings.”

Bura-Bari Nwilo’s new book is on Okadabooks. The print and Kindle version are not out yet. The promotion has been solely from his side, and he laments that “people want the print more than they want the electronic copy”.

(Happiness lives here)

Despite all of his achievements, Mr. Nwilo still feels that he is not “the new voice of Nigeria. I am a voice. There are several voices. Mine is distinct. It is original and hopeful that it would be appreciated.”


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