Roughly Speaking

One the Rabat – Marrakesh line

Lawyer. Poet. Novelist. Traveller. Travel Writer. Coffee Lover. Anti-Extremist Activist. Bookworm.

Richard Ali, a lawyer, was born in Kano, Nigeria and grew up in the resort town of Jos. He holds an LL.B from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. He was the youngest magazine Editor in Nigeria at the Kaduna-based Sardauna Magazine [2004—2006].

Author of the warmly received 2012 novel, City of Memories, Richard is also Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. In March 2008, he was selected amongst 50 other emerging Nigerian writers to participate in the British Council’s Radiophonics Workshop. He joined the Sentinel Literary Movement of Nigeria in 2011 and has undertaken the editing of its quarterly Sentinel Nigeria Magazine since then.

In 2011, at the International Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors, he was elected as Publicity Secretary [North] for a term of two years after having served at the Plateau State chapter for years.

Out of a desire to further add to the promising profile of African writing, he formed Nigeria’s newest publishing company, together with Mrs. Azafi Omoluabl-Ogosi in January 2012. Parrésia Publishers Ltd .

Richard has completed a 6-week Residency at the Ebedi Writers Residency Program as well as Chimamanda Adichie’s NBC/Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. He lives in Jos where he practices law and runs an IT-company together with the northern office Parrésia Publishers Ltd where he serves as Chief Operating Officer. He is unmarried and enjoys chess, reading and travelling.

Richard is presently a Senior Editor at Panorama: Journal of Intelligent Travel and you can read his introduction to the LOST issue, “Nigerians Travel: Travel Beyond the National Geographic” HERE.

He is also the Programme Manager of the Association of Nigerian Authors Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ANA PCVE) Programme.  ANA PCVE seeks ways to use literature and the arts in the fight against violent extremism.


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