Ifeoma Onyefulu

Children's author, photographer and writer

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Building the city walls

Image by Ifeoma Onyefulu

Ifeoma Onyefulu

Writer, children's author and photographer

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Children's Africana

Book Awards (U.S)


Ifeoma is a past award winner -

Sankore Mosque in Timbuktu

Reviews of Ifeoma's work:


Look at This! Home

"Onyefulu celebrates light, color and the people of Mali in this and three other themed suites of bright photos of common items or activities..."


New Shoes for Helen

"It would be good to see more books like this, that show just how similar we humans are, and what a huge influence the lottery of our births has on our lives..."

The Girl Who Married a Ghost


"This is a lovely compilation of stories from Africa and it's comforting that pride, envy...are human traits across all cultural backgounds..."

A brand new edition of this classic book from Ifeoma.


Newly released in 2016.


'From Beads to Drums to Masquerades, from Grandmother to Yams, this photographic alphabet captures the rhythms of day-to-day village life in Africa. Ifeoma Onyefulu's lens reveals not only traditional crafts and customs, but also the African sense of occasion and fun in images that will delight children the world over'.



Schools and Children's groups


Visits and workshops are the best way to find out more about my books and all the stuff that is behind the pictures.


I make a lot of  visits to work with children of all ages, there is so much we can do together. Often the workshops will have a lot of moving around and fun plays a major part.

There can be music, rhymes, games and of course reading the stories and talking. Its amazing how lots of experiences are shared in different countries.


To arrange a visit or workshop use my contact page to send me a message.

Whether you are a school or a children's group I will be happy to work with you to arrange a good time and to fit in with your needs and plans.


I can work across the Foundation Stage and KS1 and KS2.


Generally a workshop full of activities is best with 10 – 20 children. For larger groups of a whole class or more I generally read and talk about my books.


It's really good to have time to answer children's questions, it offers a great way to find out their real interests, and some questions can be so perceptive!

As well as working with the children, I am also very happy to meet and talk with parents too, in order to help young people get the most from our sessions.


I will happily sign books too.

Sharing books with children and families is excellent for communication and talking together.


Ifeoma and helpers at a Leyton Stories event helping children to play games from Africa. (Images by kind permission)

Ifeoma drumming with a group of children and the Minister, the Rt. Hon. Ed Balls at the recent opening of a new Children's Centre.