Onyeka Nwelue (January 31, 1988) is a Nigerian novelist, short story writer, poet, filmmaker and journalist. Very prolific, he is recognized by critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.
The fourth child of Anglican parents, Nwelue began writing at the age of eleven and had published several articles by the age of 16 in the Guardian. Having little interest in university studies, he left school after the publication of his first novel, The Abyssinian Boy and started his company, Blues & Hills, an arts agency specializing in the promotion of arts and music in Europe and Asia. Nwelue’s first novel is the 2009 bestseller, The Abyssinian Boy, which critics hailed as ‘out-of-the-box’. He won the 2009 TM Aluko Prize for Fiction and Ibrahim Tahir Prize for First Book. He went ahead to be nominated for the Creative Artiste of the Year at the 2010 Future Awards.
In 2006, at the age of 18, he travelled to India, to write. The next year, he got admitted into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to study Sociology & Anthropology, which he did briefly for two years. He became the first African to join Sandbox, the global community of young innovators under 30 years.