Maxim Uzor Uzoatu

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(1960-12-22) December 22, 1960 (age 61)
Umuchu, Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Poet
  • journalist
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OfficeDirector, Borodoro Publishing, 3 Dom Eze Drive, Awka, Anambra State, NIGERIA

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu (born December 22, 1960) is a Nigerian poet, journalist, and author. The 1989 Distinguished Visitor, The Graduate School of Journalism, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, Uzor's[1] career as a journalist began in the mid-1980s as a Researcher/Reporter for the African Guardian magazine, Lagos. Founding Consultant, THISDAY|This Day newspaper, Lagos (1993-1995), he later served on the editorial boards of AM News, Lagos (1995-1997); Post Express newspaper, Lagos (1998-2005); and The Union newspaper, Lagos (2014-2018). Uzor is currently a director with Borodoro Publishing, 3 Dom Eze Drive, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.

Shortlisted in 2008 for the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story “Cemetery of Life”[2][3] published in Wasafiri magazine, Uzor narrated Scottish photographer Owen Logan’s picture book, "Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria"[4], which was exhibited at STILLS (from August 1 to October 26, 2014), Scotland’s Centre for Photography, Edinburgh.

Early Life

Uzor, the first of three children, including Isidore Emeka Uzoatu and Chinwendu Imaculata Uzoatu, was born in Umuchu, Aguata local government area, Anambra State, Nigeria to Stephen N. Uzoatu, a schools' supervisor, and Angelina N. Uzoatu, a school headmistress. He attended Sacred Heart Primary School, Odoakpu, Onitsha (1967-1972), and St. Peter’s Secondary School, Achina, Anambra State (1973-1977), where he directed his first play "Doctor of Football" (published in 1979). Uzor obtained a Bachelor of Art in Dramatic Arts from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, when Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka was head of the Dramatic Arts Department, graduating in 1982. Uzor later obtained a Master of Art in Literature from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1987.


Uzor's published works include two novels, "Satan’s Story" (1989) and "The Missing Link" (1995); two plays "Doctor of Football" (1979) and "A Play of Ghosts" (1989)[5][6]; a collection of poems, "God of Poetry" (2006); and a creative, nonfiction volume "How Not To Be A Nigerian" (2020).

Married with four children, Uzor's hobbies include football, table tennis, reading, and walking in the rain.


  1. Peter Umez, Uche. "Munyori Literary Journal". Munyori Literary Journal. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. The Ako Caine Prize, For African Writing. "Workshops". The Caine Prize. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. Irvine, Lindesay. "Five make shortlist for 'African Booker'". The Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  4. Jimoh, Michael. "Book Review: Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria". The Premium Times, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  5. Babatunde, Olamide. "Double joy for Maxim Uzoatu". The Sun Nigeria. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  6. Utor, Florence. "Uzoatu presents Doctor of Football, A Play of Ghosts". Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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