Richard Ali: Artist of the Month – February 2018

For the month of February the foundation is excited to present writer, lawyer and publisher Richard Ali as the Artist of the Month.

Richard was born in Kano and moved to Jos where he studied up to the end of his secondary school education. He was admitted into the LL.B (Civil Law) programme at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in 2001 and was called to the bar in 2010 as a barrister and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

In 2003, he was appointed to the editorship of Sardauna Magazine, a Kaduna-based general interest publication, while still an undergraduate at Ahmadu Bello University. He also served as the Secretary of the National Association of Nigerian Students Committee on Inter-Religious Harmony and Campus Peace from 2003 to 2004. He was Editor-In-Chief of Sentinel Nigeria, a quarterly e-zine, for 14 issues from 2008 to 2013. At the 2011 international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), he was elected Publicity Secretary (North) and served for two two-year terms.

In 2011, he co-founded Parresia Publishers with Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi, to create a new publishing platform for African voices, and has served as the company’s chief operating officer since then. He is a founding member of the Nairobi-based Jalada Writers Cooperative, a board member of Uganda’s Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation and has attended several literary events across the world including the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, the Writivism Festival and the Ake Arts and Book Festival and has served as judge for the 2014 and 2015 BN Poetry Award Competition and Rwanda’s Huza Press short stories anthology competition in 2015.