Adewale Maja-Pearce is an Anglo-Nigerian writer born in 1953 and currently living in Lagos, Nigeria. He has published a number of books, including Loyalties and Other Stories, In My Father's Country, How many miles to Babylon?, A Mask Dancing, Who's Afraid of Wole Soyinka?, From Khaki to Agbada, Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa and Other Essays, A Peculiar Tragedy, and Counting the Cost, as well as the 1998 and 1999 annual reports on human rights violations in Nigeria.
He also edited The Heinemann Book of African Poetry in English, Wole Soyinka: An Appraisal, Christopher Okigbo: Collected Poems, The New Gong Book of New Nigerian Short Stories, and Dream Chasers: New Nigerian Stories. I have published essays and book reviews in Granta, London Review of Books, TLS, London Magazine, Prospect and many others.
He currently runs YEMAJA, an editorial services agency. Maja-Pearce also has a small publishing company, The New Gong: www.thenewgong.com, and maintains a blog: www.majapearce.blogspot.com.
Maja-Pearce is married to Juliet Ezenwa, the artist: www.julietezenwa.com. He enjoys reading (naturally), watching movies and travelling, having wandered extensively throughout Africa when he was Africa editor of INDEX ON CENSORSHIP, the London-based magazine of free expression (1986-97). Hewas also former editor of the now defunct Heinemann African Writers Series (1986-94), and am currently editor of the Nelson Literary Series (an imprint of Evans Brothers Nigeria Ltd), a new initiative for publishing original fiction without compromising on editorial or production values.
He has a BA from the University College of Swansea, Wales (1972-75) and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1984-86).