Emmanuel Nwaneri was born in 1970 in southeastern Nigeria four months after the end of the bitterly fought Nigerian Civil War. The second of ten children, he lost his mother when he was just eight, forcing his father to remarry.
Though an average student, he progressed through school speedily and completed his high school at just fifteen years of age. Even at that early age, his passion for reading and writing was becoming obvious. Of note was his award of best student in English literature of which he was given Thomas Hardy’s Mayor of Casterbridge as prize.
He proceeded to further his education by studying mass communication at the University of Maiduguri, graduating in 1992.
Since then, he has worked full-time as a print journalist with special interest in sports reporting. He rose to become the sports editor of Nigerian Tribune, the oldest privately owned newspaper in sub-Saharan Africa by 1999.
The following year, he covered the 2000 Sydney Olympics games in Australia and later lived and worked in that country for three years.
He returned to Nigeria in 2003 and has since worked for various media outlets in Nigeria, Ghana, and the United States of America. He currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with his family.
He developed inspiration for writing from reading the works of Dennis Wheatley, Chinua Achebe, Zulu Sofola, James Hadley Chase, and Robert Ludlum.
He speaks three languages, and his dream remains to own a twenty-four-hour all-sports television network.
“Once Upon a Woman” is his second book.