Echezonachukwu Chinedu Nduka (born 19 July 1989) is a Nigerian poet, author, pianist, recording artist, and musicologist specializing in piano music by West African composers. His work has been featured on BBC, Radio Nacional Clasica de Argentina, Radio France International (rfi), and Classical Journey.
Echezonachukwu Nduka Biography and education
Nduka was born in Onitsha, Nigeria. He attended several mission schools as a result of his parents’ vocation as ministers who were transferred to various stations. As a child who spent most of his time in the rectory and church environment, he joined The Boys Brigade, an organization founded in Glasgow, Scotland, by Sir William Alexander Smith. Afterwards, Nduka became a choirboy singing soprano and later, tenor.
Nduka attended Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka. In 2006, he gained admission into the University of Nigeria to study Music, and graduated magna cum laude in 2010. Thereafter, he proceeded to Kingston University London, United Kingdom, where he studied as a postgraduate student in Music.
Academic and Writing
Nduka worked in Nigeria as a lecturer in Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (later known as Alvan Ikoku University of Education), Owerri. In addition, he has worked as a freelance writer and columnist for The Nigerian Telegraph, and for African Hadithi, a Pan-African online media platform where his essays and poetry have been published. His essay “Preserving the Igbo Cultural Dogmas via Literature: From Chinua Achebe to Onyeka Nwelue” garnered enormous readership and debates. Nduka has been listed as one of the five Nigerian contemporary writers to watch out for. His published critical reviews and appraisals are centered on contemporary African literature with emphasis on poetry and fiction by authors of African descent.
Literary journals and anthologies
Nduka’s poem “Etude” won the Bronze Prize at the 4th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast. In 2016, he emerged winner of the 6th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast Prize for his poem “Listen”. One of his spoken-word poems titled “We Wear Purple Robes” is a reflection on terrorism in Nigeria. His work has been published in reputable literary journals and anthologies including Transition Magazine,Sentinel Nigeria, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, River River, The Bombay Review, Bakwa, African Writer, Jalada Africa, Saraba Magazine, The Indianapolis Review, Kissing Dynamite, The Village Square Journal, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry Vol.II, Black Communion: Poems of 100 New African Poets, From Here to There: A Cross Cultural Poetry Anthology, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, The Solace of Nature: An Anthology of International Poetry, The Bombay Review: An Anthology of Short Fiction and Poetry, among several others. Some of his poems have been translated into Norwegian, French, and Arabic
International Poetic Project
In the summer of 2015, the third edition of the international poetic project in honour of the legendary Russian poet, singer, songwriter and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was published in the US. The project, which is essentially a world poetry anthology compiled and edited by Marlena Zimna, the Director of Polish Vladimir Vysotsky’s Museum in Koszalin, features Nduka’s Igbo translations of Vladimir Vysotsky’s poems alongside translations in Greek, Hindi, Maori, Xhosa, Meitei, Peru, Fante, Georgian, Cebuano, Maltese, Gujarati, Assamese, French, and several other world languages by notable poets and translators from different parts of the world.