Umar Turaki is a writer from Jos, Nigeria. His writing has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Scholarship, longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa Prize, and has won the AFREADA Photo-Story Competition. Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold, forthcoming from Little A (world) and Farafina (Nigeria) in 2022, is his first novel.

Umar is also a filmmaker with credits in Nigerian television that include the hit TV series, Halita, and the 8-part drama series, In Love and Ashes, on which he served as head writer and a director.

He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with his wife and daughter, where he is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus).

Photo credit: Nyam Abok