Emmanuel Iduma


Author photograph: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

Born in Nigeria in 1989, Iduma studied law at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and received his MFA in art criticism and writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.

He is the author of the travelogue A Stranger’s Pose (2018), which was longlisted for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Aperture, AGNI, Art in America, Artforum, Granta, n+1, the New York Review of Books, the Yale Review, and other publications.

He was the inaugural recipient of the AICA-USA Irving Sandler Award for New Voices in Art Criticism and was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and the C/O Berlin Talent Prize for Theory. In 2020, Iduma was recognized in Apollo International Art Magazine’s “40 under 40 Africa” for the broad social impact of his work.

His latest book, I Am Still With You, a memoir on the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, was published in 2023 to wide acclaim, and has been featured on best-of lists by The New Yorker, TIME, Boston Globe, Vulture, and The Republic. In 2022, Iduma was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize in the nonfiction category.

He is married to the writer Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀.

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