Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, a filmmaker, and a medical doctor. He is the CEO, Editor-In-Chief and co-Founder of Ventures Africa Magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture and innovation spaces on the continent of Africa. Uzodinma was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, where he worked on a novel about Washington, D.C. entitled Speak No Evil. His first novel, Beasts of No Nation, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards. Beasts of No Nation was translated into 14 languages and selected as a New York Times Notable Book. It has been adapted as a major motion picture starring Idris Elba. His second book, Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, was released in 2012 in the United States and United Kingdom.
He is the producer of the short documentary Waiting for Hassana which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2017. He has published numerous short stories, articles, and essays in addition to appearing as a guest on various international Cable TV news shows. Uzodinma was the founding CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, an organisation that promotes private sector investment in health services and health innovation in Nigeria.
He is also a founding partner of Lumos Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides off-grid solar solutions across Africa. Uzodinma holds an AB, magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.