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Richard Ali, a Nigerian lawyer, is author of the warmly received 2012 novel, City of Memories. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. He is a founding member of Nairobi-based arts collective, Jalada Africa, and sits on the board of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, based in Kampala, Uganda, which runs BN Poetry Award—Africa’s only in-Africa continental poetry prize.
He held a public policy-shaping role as Technical Assistant to the Minister of Interior from 2015 to 2017, working on the Ministry Strategy Group (MSG). A noted expert on issues of violent extremism, he is an alumnus of the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and the US State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP). His debut collection of poems, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, was published in 2019 by Konya Shamsrumi.