Welcome to my corner of the internet!

My name is Afoma. I’m a twenty-something writer, editor, and voracious reader with an insatiable appetite for children’s literature, books by women, and articles about life and human relationships. In addition to my love affair with words, I dabble in photography, and also happen to have completed medical school.

Afoma Umesi, the website, has evolved over the years. It began as an online diary — as all blogs were, circa 2012 — and became fertile soil for my writing skills to bloom.

Now, it is most of all, my online home where I share all the things I find beautiful — books, links, resources for freelancers (I officially started freelance writing/editing in 2018, hire me!), and thoughts about life. You’ll find that I read mostly middle-grade and young adult novels, with the occasional foray into adult literature.

My latest pet project is creating a database of all the novels by Africans home and abroad. You can access my list (well over 100 books so far) here.

I’m so glad you found your way here. Stay a while, will you?

I’m happy to chat all things writing, editing, and blog-related at hello@afomaumesi.com. My lovely header and all other illustrations on this blog were done by Kat of Waffley Cute Designs.

– Afoma

14 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your website! I love what you do (and will be needing your skills by April).

    I’m glad I ran into you yesterday.

  2. I stumble on to your website as I was looking for a list of Black Authors for myself and my 5 year old son. I am very grateful for you website and look forward to all your recommendation! My IG is sasha_lovesbooks ( I blog as well too and its so much fun!)

    1. Hi Sasha, thank you so much for reading. I’m glad to hear my website was useful to you and your son 🙂

  3. Thank you for compiling such amazing reading lists! I came across your site while looking for books for my 11-yr (going on 16-yr old) daughter to read during the summer. We will be going through your middle grade and YA list. A few of her favorites are on your list too so I think she will enjoy working her way through your recommendations. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Ann & Bailey! Thank you sooo much for reading. I’m glad you’re enjoying my resources. I hope your daughter finds many new books she loves.

  4. Hi Afoma! I have started reading your list with the plan to include 3-5 titles for reading groups in a high school freshmen English class. I have begun with Dread Nation and it is fantastic!

    Peace to you-

    Jamey Miller
    Arlington Heights, Illinois

  5. I am so glad I stumbled across your blog!!! I have been hunting bookstores and online for chapter books about cooking (my daughter wants to be a chef) and books for kids by black authors… and you have both!! Thank you Afoma!!

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