Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer and poet who divides his time between his native Ghana and the United Kingdom. He writes in English, French and his native Ga. His first book, Tail of the Blue Bird came out in 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
Born in 1974 in the United Kingdom, Ayikwei Parkes represents a new generation of emerging African writers.
Besides Tail of the Blue Bird, Nii Ayikwei has written several poems and contributed to numerous international publications. He co-edited the short story anthologies, Tell Tales: Volume 1 (2004), with Courttia Newland, and has written children’s literature under the pseudonym, K.P. Kojo. He was a 2005 associate Writer-In-Residence on BBC Radio 3 and was the featured face for poetry in the 2004 Time Out London Guide. He is a former poet-in-residence at the Poetry Café.
Ayikwei is also an accomplished performer, who has appeared at several famous venues and events including NuYorican, New York; The Royal Festival Hall, London; Java, Paris; and Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Ayikwei spent most of his childhood in Accra, Ghana, where he attended Achimota School. After Achimota, Ayikwei attended Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, where he graduated top of the class with a first class Bachelor of Science degree in Food Manufacturing Management. As part of his bachelor’s degree course, Ayikwei spent a year in France as an Erasmus Exchange Student. In 2006, he completed a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Birbeck College, University of London.
Author’s site – http://niiparkes.com/