Otosirieze, a writer, culture journalist, curator, and media consultant, is the founder and editor of Open Country Mag
. For the magazine, he has written longform features and Profiles of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
, Rita Dominic
, Teju Cole
, Damon Galgut
, Tsitsi Dangarembga
, and Chidi Mokeme
; curates The Next Generation
, a series of special issues highlighting rising literary voices; and co-conceptualized Nigeria’s first formal bestseller list, with bookstore Rovingheights.
He was editor of Folio Nigeria
, then CNN’s exclusive media affiliate in Africa, before its relaunch on Open Country Mag
, and was briefly Business/Creative Head of its planned portfolio company Folio Digital Media. There, he wrote over a hundred pieces on the Nigerian culture scene, covering innovation in over 20 fields, including film, art, music, tech, sports, cuisine, fashion, journalism, sculpture, beauty, health, and activism.
He is chair of The Gerald Kraak Prize, a South African initiative for storytelling about gender, sexuality, and social justice, and was a judge for The Morland Scholarship, a British grant for African writers. He has led or joined editorial teams at a host of platforms and projects in African literature, including at 14, the pioneering LGBTQ collective.
His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review
. He has an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MA in African Studies and BA in English/History from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.
In 2019, he received the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among “The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians” by Avance Media. He has twice appeared on With Chude
‘s list of “The 150 Most Interesting Nigerians in Culture.” Twitter & Instagram: @otosirieze. Website: otosirieze.com