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HELLO THERE. MY NAME IS
ONYI
NWABINELI
I write things. My debut novel, Someday, Maybe was released in 2022, and my new novel Allow Me to Introduce Myself is out now in both the UK and US.
About ME

The main thing to note is that I am very Nigerian (Igbo to be exact). Born in Benin, Nigeria, I grew up all over the UK, and now live in London, praying every day that my money doesn’t finish.

An advocate for both comfort and the preservation of all things Igbo, I can usually be found wearing pyjamas and brushing up on creative Igbo insults and proverbs in between conference calls and watching K-Dramas.

ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF

Aṅụrị Chinasa was the unwilling star of her stepmother’s social media empire before mommy bloggers and mumfluencers were even a thing. For years, Ophelia documented every birthday, every skinned knee, every milestone and meltdown for her millions of viewers.

Now twenty-five years old, Aṅụrị is desperate to escape her public past and live life on her own terms, but it’s not going so well. Constantly recognised, with an unfinished PhD application and a drinking problem, Aṅụrị wonders if she can ever escape Ophelia’s online.

When Ophelia starts pushing Aṅụrị’s five year-old sister, Noelle down a similar path, Aṅụrị decides she can’t allow history to repeat itself.

Allow Me to Introduce Myself is a darkly funny and heartfelt satire about the dangers of social media and the deceptive allure of curated online lives.

I enjoy headwraps, braids, my bed, departing the UK under any circumstance and buying something in every colour available. I also enjoy food, sleep, and spending other people’s money.

I’m the co-founder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund providing fiscal support for survivors of sexual assault through therapy, temporary relocation and legal services.

I’m also the founder of Black Pens the UK’s first writing retreat for Black womxn. You can find out more about that right here. In other words, I am a busy somebody.

SOMEDAY, MAYBE
The GMA November 2022 Book Club Pick!

Eve is left heartbroken by her husband’s unexpected death, but everyone around her – her friends, her boisterous British-Nigerian family, her toxic mother-in-law – seems to be pushing her to move on. Unable to face the future, Eve begins looking back, delving through the history of her marriage in an attempt to understand where it went wrong. So begins an unconventional love story about loss, resilience, and a heroine bursting with rage and unexpected joy.

PRAISE FOR SOMEDAY, MAYBE

“A love story in retrospect, heartbreaking in its inevitability but also shot through with moments of joy and humour as Eve searches for answers.”

— Stylist

“A perceptive, painstaking interrogation of loss and depression. Nwabineli’s first novel is a clear-eyed, compassionate take on grief.”

— Shelf Awareness

“Expect Nwabineli to emerge as a fresh new voice in contemporary fiction.”

— Reader’s Digest, ‘Most Anticipated Books of 2022’

“Fuelled by inventive use of language and driven by sharp wit, the book conjures up a raw, living reality of sorrow, loss, and love.”

— Irish Examiner

Someday, Maybe provides a brutally honest and emotionally raw exploration of the layers of grief and all its complexities.”

— Voice Mag

“If you are someone who gravitates toward emotional gut punch reads, allow me to introduce you to this spectacular debut.”

— Buzzfeed

SAY HI!

I’m repped by the wonderful Amy St Johnston of Aitken Alexander Associates.
Otherwise, if you’d like to say hi or have pyjamas, free travel or any other fun things you’d like to send me, please use the form on the right.

Contact ME