Albert Afeso Akanbi is a writer, researcher and a humanitarian.
A native of Ososo, a scenic town of streams and rocks caught within the undulating Somorika hills in southern Nigeria, he was born on 31st March 1982 in Igarra, a small town near Ososo, but grew up in Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria.
He holds a Certificate in Journalism from the RNTC Media Institute, Hilversum, The Netherlands and a degree in Economics from the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
For him, writing and community development volunteering work is a calling.
In May of 2014 he was named the Author of the Month by Africa Book Club and in August of the same year, he received the Guardian of the Nation International (GOTNI) certificate of Achievement.
His work was among 50 short stories selected from 38 writers representing 16 countries that appeared in the African Book Club’s maiden anthology ‘The Bundles of Joy and Other Stories from Africa’ published in the United State of America in 2014. His creative piece on the subject of dance and the writing craft was among the over 44 works selected from over 40 writers that appeared in the Vol 3 of the Sangam House reader, ‘Other Windows’, published in India in 2017. ‘That Sunday Afternoon’ won the maiden WordMaster Writers’ Challenge competition in May, 2015.
‘Urushi’, ‘Ebheshina’, ‘Shadow of Light’, ‘The Footpath’ and ‘Enami Imu’ are a few of his short stories that have been published in various local and international platforms.
His articles appear frequently in the prestigious Nigerian newspaper Premium Times and a host of other platforms.
In October of 2015, he became the first and only African among the 20 writers selected from over 800 extra-ordinary applicants from around the world to attend the 8th Edition of the Sangam House International Writers’ Residency in India where he completed the manuscript of his work ‘White Witch’.
He is the author of the novels ‘Cold Black Night’, ‘November 5’, and ‘The Edge of Patience’, all of which can be found on amazon.com.
He sits on the Editorial Board of COPINE Update magazine, was at a time the Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Economics Students’ Association (NESA), Delta State University Chapter, Osun State Coordinator of Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) and currently a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
He is a volunteer staff of Paulash Community Development Initiative (PCDI) and Child Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), both of them Non-Governmental Organisations dedicated to the welfare of the African child.
He is a father.