Akwaeke Emezi Biography

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a 2018 National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' honoree and their debut autobiographical novel Freshwater is currently long-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Translated into six languages, Freshwater is a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence and The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. It was named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, NPR, the Chicago Public Library, and Buzzfeed. It was also an Indies Introduce Title, receiving rave reviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the Guardian, and the LA Times, among others.

Emezi's first young adult novel, PET, will be published in 2019 by Make Me a World/Knopf Books for Young Readers. Their second adult novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books, and their short story 'Who Is Like God' won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa. Emezi was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and profiled in the February 2018 issue of Vogue Magazine (Modern Families With A Cause), and their video art series THE UNBLINDING premiered in February at Gavin Brown's enterprise in Harlem.

Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant in 2017 for the video art in their project The Unblinding, and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. Their writing has been published by T Magazine, Dazed Magazine, The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Their memoir work was included in The Fader's 'Best Culture Writing of 2015' ('Who Will Claim You?') and their experimental short UDUDEAGU won the Audience Award for Best Short Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival.

Emezi is currently making video art and working on their fourth and fifth novels.

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Akwaeke Emezi: The Death of Vivek Oji
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Akwaeke Emezi - 2017 CSSP Winner (Africa Region)

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Akwaeke Emezi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Creativity and Writing. The estimated speaking fee range to book Akwaeke Emezi for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Akwaeke Emezi can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Naima Coster and Terry McMillan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Akwaeke Emezi for an upcoming event.

Akwaeke Emezi Videos

Akwaeke Emezi: The Death of Vivek Oji
AAWWTV: Fractured Selves with Akwaeke Emezi, Mira T. Lee
Akwaeke Emezi - 2017 CSSP Winner (Africa Region)

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How to book Akwaeke Emezi?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Akwaeke Emezi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Akwaeke Emezi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Akwaeke Emezi or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Akwaeke Emezi?

Booking fees for Akwaeke Emezi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Akwaeke Emezi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Akwaeke Emezi?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Akwaeke Emezi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Akwaeke Emezi for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Akwaeke Emezi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Akwaeke Emezi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Akwaeke Emezi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Creativity and Writing. The estimated speaking fee range to book Akwaeke Emezi for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Akwaeke Emezi can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Naima Coster and Terry McMillan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Akwaeke Emezi for an upcoming event.

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