Chinedu Achebe, a Nigerian American author, has been nationally recognized for his latest book, ‘The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi ,’ which has won the African American Fiction category of the 2023 Independent Press Award. The prestigious award is judged by experts from various aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers, and professional copywriters, with selected winners and favorites chosen based on overall excellence.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Chinedu Achebe graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and went on to publish his first book, ‘Blunted on Reality,’ in 2012. ‘The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi’ is his latest work and explores themes of identity, family, and the immigrant experience.
Obi Ifeanyi’s life is moving at a fast pace. He is now a husband and father. So while President Obama is contending with a tough reelection campaign, Obi Ifeanyi is dealing with the day-to-day pressures of married life and raising a son. When his former love interest, Sade Olufemi, comes back into his life and decides to run her political campaign with the help of his wife, Nkechi, Obi’s problems are compounded because Sade is a secret Nkechi is better not knowing about. While he struggles with the torment of Sade’s return, the upcoming wedding of his best friend from law school will lead to the unveiling of a secret that will change the dynamics of the Ifeanyi family forever.
In 2023, the Independent Press Award had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and South Africa, participated. Books submitted included writers based in cities such as Atlanta to Los Angeles; London to Nova Scotia; Cape Town to Mumbai; Albuquerque to New York City as well as others.
“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2023 Independent Press Award. This year included an array of quality and diverse independent books,” Olczak said. “Independent publishing is pushing on every corner of the earth with great content. We are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.