Expert In All Styles

Echeruo has a good ear. His characters are sharply drawn, and his stories are filled with wit, beauty and heart– no matter what story they tell.
— Chika Unigwe
Author, On Black Sisters Street


Expert In All Styles explores, in richly-textured stories, the complex and often painful struggles of individuals with desire, despair, and hope within the social constructs of contemporary Nigeria.
The twelve stories in the collection range in setting and tone – from the joys of a family excursion in Maiduguri in The Lake Chad Club to an American-Nigerian family’s return to Lagos in Communicable Disease. 
In this gorgeously crafted debut, Echeruo interrogates the dynamics of power – from the intimacies of domestic life, to the machinations of national politics and the fervour of religion – seeking always an understanding of the human condition. Expert In All Styles is a thoughtful, incisive collection with memorably-drawn characters whose lives are as universal as they are particular.
— Ellah P. Wakatama
Editor of Africa29 and SafeHouse
There’s a refreshing absence of the formulaic in his writing, which makes this a collection of exquisitely observed stories written with bracing honesty.
— Brian Chikwava
Author, Harare North
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About the author(s)

I.O Echeruo

I. O. Echeruo

I.O. Echeruo spends his time between Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. His short stories have appeared in Transition Magazine and Eclectica Magazine.  His short story “Aishatu’s Dinner” was selected as one of Eclectica Magazine’s Top Thirteen Stories of 2013. Echeruo is currently at work on his first novel. 

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