Mary Ononokpono is an award-winning Nigerian-British writer, artist and illustrator. She is the winner of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, and a shortlistee for both the 2015 and 2016 Morland Writing Scholarship. Her work draws upon the rich cultural legacies of the African continent, using reconstructed narratives of the past as a basis for exploring present and future. Mary is the author of forthcoming children's book, Talulah the Time Traveller. An alumna of the University of the Arts London, Mary has a background in fashion, art and design spanning more than a decade: during which she garnered awards and exhibited at various trade shows. Mary is a recent history graduate from SOAS, University of London and lives with her daughter, an avid writer and mini-chef somewhere in North London.



Morland Writing Scholarship 2016 (Shortlist)

Short Story Day Africa Prize 2016 (Longlist)

Farafina Trust Workshop 2016  (Shortlist) 

Morland Writing Scholarship 2015  (Shortlist)

Short Story Day Africa Prize 2015  (Longlist)

Golden Baobab Early Chapter Book Prize 2014  (Winner)

Commonword Diversity for Children Prize 2014  (Longlist)

Short Story Day Africa Prize 2014  (Longlist)

Fab Magazine Writer of the Year Award 2011  (Nominee)