Su’eddie Vershima Agema (Su’ur Agema) is a Strategic Leader and Team Builder, Development Worker, Editor, Researcher, Cultural Enthusiast and Creative Writer. He is the convener of the Benue Book and Arts Festival, a national literary project in Nigeria and pioneer Black History Month/Project curator at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom where he earned an MA in International Education and Development as a Chevening Scholar. Su’eddie, who has degrees in English (and Literature) and Development Studies from the Benue State University, Makurdi and an MA in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex, takes a special interest in the various faces of humor in life and literature. He has a keen interest in African and Post-Colonial and New Writings and has written/published some research on them.
Su’eddie is a past Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA (Benue State Chapter, 2014-2016) and former council member of the ANA National Teen Authorship Scheme. He is also the Team Leader of SEVHAGE Publishers and its sister development organisation, SEVHAGE Literary and Development Initiative.
He has a passion for promoting Nigerian literature and has organised and facilitated several workshops on literature, creative writing, development and leadership for youths and teenagers. He is a traveller, loves making friends and loving. If he would let go of sentiments and literary commitments, he would write a hundred books in a year.
In addition to several awards, Su’eddie is listed on Nigerian Writers Award 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40 (2017 and 2018) and was named as one of the Top 50 Contemporary Poets who rocked Nigeria in Year 2013 (also in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).
Su’eddie was Joint-Winner, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Poetry Prize 2014 and shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature 2018 with his collection, Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile. He won the Mandela Day Short Story Prize 2016 with his short story, ‘Washing the Earth’. He is the author of BRING OUR CASKET HOME: Tales one shouldn’t tell (a collection of poetry hailed by critics as deep and pleasantly different) which was longlisted for the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize (2013) with the title poem, ‘Tales one shouldn’t tell’ shortlisted for the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Award 2013. His collection of short stories, The Bottom of another Tale was shortlisted for the Association of Nigerian Authors Prose Prize 2014 and Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories 2015. His Once Upon a Village Tale was shortlisted for the ANA Children’s Literature Prize 2018.
His research interests are varied and included internally displaced persons education, curriculum, sustainability, WASH, menstrual health, post-colonialism, and literature in general, amongst others. He was part of the lead researchers that researched and put together Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Women Affairs Comprehensive Survey/Stakeholder Analysis and Mapping of Menstrual Health & Hygiene Management (MHHM) in Nigeria report. He also recently co-edited (with Jennifer Jomafuvwe Agbaire and Juhi Kumari) the international book of chapters, Education and Development: International Insights on Exclusions, Inclusion and Transformational Change, a project founded in the International Education and Development programme of the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex and SEVHAGE Literary and Development Initiative. Su’eddie’s first degree long essay (project) interrogated Post-colonialism in the work of Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, while his MSc in Development Studies at the Benue State University focused on the societal perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility in Dangote Cement Company (formerly Benue Cement Company) in the host community of Mbayion. At the university of Sussex, he researched on the history of the Nigerian curriculum, educational policy making and the SDGs, education in conflict, and post-colonialism in African literature. His dissertation, which earned him a distinction, is titled Education in Emergencies: An Assessment of Basic Education in Abagena IDP Camp in Makurdi LGA, Benue State, Nigeria.
As team leader at SEVHAGE Publishers and SEVHAGE Literary and Development Initiative, Su’eddie consults on several projects in fields varying from gender studies to media, literary studies, multidisciplinary studies, most of which were eventually published. Clients have included Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi, Professor Dul Johnson, Dr. Maria Ajima, the Federal University, Lafia, Development Exchange Centre, Bauchi, amongst others.
Su’eddie loves making friends and is open to criticism. He is on Facebook too…
You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram as @sueddieagema
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I am an all rounded writer, would edit any literary work available (for a fee 🙂 !)… a development activist and social blogger…
surfing is my thing and keeping in touch with friends (new and old) is just the order… This blog is to show my work to the world, connect with fans and get to meet a lot of people while being the best me… It is also a platform to express my views, as well as host the views of others I find worth the while. So, expect everything from literature to politics, life and all… drop a comment or get to FB to meet…
I was exposed to Literature at an early age by a father who kept the tradition of the moonlight tales. There was my mother who bought the best of African literary titles, from Chinua Achebe to every famous writer of the Heinemann fame. A writing brother, Gabriel, and several inspiring siblings (Taver Ayede and the team) and tutors along the way baked me. More and more, I meet more people, learning… The story continues…
- BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP (Renewed) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema (anabenue.wordpress.com)
- Twenty Years Later (A Poem or something like that) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema (sueddie.wordpress.com)