Mbanefo Chibuike is a native storyteller and poet who graduated from the Federal University of Technology Owerri with First Class Honours. Most of his works center on darkness, sexuality, and death. His story Desolate Room which explored sickle cell anemia in the prehistoric Nigerian family was published in Dwarts Magazine of African and Mainstream Literature Issue 6. His short story titled Burying Memories recently was longlisted in the 2018 K & L Prize for African Literature.
To heal from these things he cannot name, he began to live them in poems. His poem Eleven Forms of Death was shortlisted for the 2018 Creative Freelance Writerz Biannual Literary Award. Same year, he appeared in multiple shortlists such as the Christopher Okigbo Poetry Prize, Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize, Poets in Nigeria Food Poetry Contest, Great African Poets Award, Samson Abanni Poetry Contest for his poems Man in the wind, Stripping a river its name, A Lagos of burnt boys, My father's burial through his body and Be home to our memories.
Chibuike hopes for the blessings of writing stories and poems that dispossess and malign people. Some of his other works have appeared in Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, OkadaBooks, Creative Freelance Writerz magazines, Poets in Nigeria Journals and other online platforms.