Author of the Week – Adewale Maja-Pearce



Read our review of Adewale’s book, The House My Father Built here.

Adewale Maja-Pearce is an Anglo-Nigerian writer born in 1953 who currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He is married to Juliet Ezenwa, the artist.

He has a BA from the University College of Swansea, Wales (1972-75) and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1984-86)
He currently runs YEMAJA, an editorial services agency. He also has a small publishing company, The New Gong.

He enjoys reading, watching movies and travelling, having wandered extensively throughout Africa when he was Africa editor of INDEX ON CENSORSHIP, the London-based magazine of free expression (1986-97). He was also former editor of the now defunct Heinemann African Writers Series (1986-94), and is currently editor of the Nelson Literary Series (an imprint of Evans Brothers Nigeria Ltd), a new initiative for publishing original fiction without compromising on editorial or production values.

Adewale’s published works include the 1998 and 1999 annual reports on human rights violations in Nigeria. He also edited The Heinemann Book of African Poetry in English, Wole Soyinka: An Appraisal, Christopher Okigbo: Collected Poems, The New Gong Book of New Nigerian Short Stories, and Dream Chasers: New Nigerian Stories. He has published essays and book reviews in Granta, London Review of Books, TLS, London Magazine, Prospect and many others.

He has published a number of books including:

Loyalties and Other Stories


In My Father’s Country

In My Father's Country

A Mask Dancing

A Mask Dancing

Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka?

Who's Afraid of Wole Soyinka

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa and Other Essays

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

A Peculiar Tragedy

A Peculiar Tragedy

The House My Father Built

The House my Father Built

How Many Miles to Babylon?

How Many Miles to Babylon

From Khaki to Agbada (image unavailable)


Adewale is on Twitter and has a blog.

Author’s bio and picture are from his Amazon page.