Hannah Onoguwe is a Nigerian author whose fiction and non-fiction has been published in Adanna and BLACKBERRY: A Magazine, as well as in online publications including Litro, The Missing Slate, Cassava Republic, The Kalahari Review, Lawino, The Stockholm Review and Brittle Paper. She is one of the contributing authors to “Imagine Africa 500”, which is a science fiction anthology. One of her short stories was shortlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award and her other manuscript longlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize. In 2014, her collection of short stories, “Cupid’s Catapult”, was one of ten manuscripts chosen as part of the Nigerian Writers Series, which is an imprint of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Hannah grew up in Jos, during the years when people could walk freely down any street without thinking twice about religion or ethnicity. During her time in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), she taught English in a boarding school in rural Bauchi. With a lot of time on her hands, she read just about anything she could find and the turning point in her writing career came when she read the “Thrills and Boom” series, which was a romance imprint of the Nigerian Hints Magazine. Excited and a little in love with the Nigerian hunky protagonist and his lady, she decided that these were the type of stories she would write: stories featuring African characters in an array of settings and genres. Today – her novels feature Nigerian characters and they reflect the society around her. Hannah lives in Bayelsa with her family and these days juggles a ‘regular’ job with her writing and trying to decipher what her toddler is saying.