Emmanuel Iduma was born and raised in Nigeria, where he trained as a lawyer. His recent nonfiction work, A Stranger’s Pose (2018), was longlisted for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize. He has contributed nonfiction and criticism to Granta, the New York Review of BooksAperturen+1ArtforumBest American Travel Writing 2020, Art in America, among other places. His art writing has been honored with the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant, the inaugural Irving Sandler Award for New Voices in Art Criticism from AICA-USA, and the C/O Berlin Talent Prize for Theory. In 2020, he was listed in Apollo International Art Magazine’s 40 under 40 Africa for the broad social impact of his work. For his nonfiction, he was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Literature in 2022. 

Iduma received an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and taught in three of its graduate programs. He currently edits Tender Photo, a newsletter publication featuring the work of early to mid-career African photographers. I Am Still With You, his memoir on the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, was awarded a Silvers Grant for Work in Progress, and is forthcoming from Algonquin (US), and William Collins (UK) in March 2023.

Author photograph: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀