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New Release: The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai – A Gripping Crime Thriller by Onyeka Nwelue

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Introducing The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai – A Gripping Crime Thriller by Onyeka Nwelue

Mumbai, India – October 16, 2023 —Bookbots India is thrilled to announce the release of “The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai, a thrilling crime novel by the prolific Nigerian author, filmmaker, and academic, Onyeka Nwelue, published by Abibiman Publishing U.K.

About the Author

Onyeka Nwelue is a multifaceted talent, known for his work as a filmmaker, publisher, talk-show host, bookseller, and academic. He currently holds the esteemed position of Academic Visitor and is the founder of the James Currey Society at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Nwelue has also served as a visiting scholar at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge.

His previous crime novel, The Strangers of Braamfontein, not only secured the coveted 2021 ANA Prize for Fiction but also clinched the Best Indie Novel award at the Crime Fiction Lover Awards in 2021.

About Abibiman Publishing

Abibiman Publishing is a publishing venture, specialising in African literature, registered in the US, UK, Nigeria and India, whose CEO in India is the 27 year old Dinesh Chakravarthy.

It publishes writers like Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Onyeka Nwelue, Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Ever Obi, Ikenna Okeh and many more.

Abibiman Publishing has published writings from other languages, translated into English, like Ivan Srven’s Harmattan, translated from Croatian to English, a novel about Nigerian women in a German prison.

The Nigerian Mafia Series: A Global Journey

The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai marks the commencement of a compelling 10-book series, a project inspired by Nwelue’s extensive travels around the world. In his early thirties, Onyeka Nwelue has emerged as a prominent figure in the African literary landscape. He has established significant literary awards, including the James Currey Prize for African Literature and the Earl Lovelace Short Fiction Prize.

In Picture: Onyeka Nwelue

Nwelue wears multiple hats, as he is the owner of Abibiman Publishing, spanning across the UK, US, Nigeria, South Africa, and India. He is the proprietor of La Cave Musik in Paris, operates a bookshop named Hattus Bookshop in Johannesburg, and co-owns Blues & Hills Canada, a film company based in Canada. His dynamic career also includes founding the James Currey Society at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, where he holds the position of Academic Visitor.

The author’s humanitarian work and contribution to education have earned him an Honorary Doctorate from Queensland University in Haiti.

Synopsis of The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai

Nollywood actor Uche Mbadiegwu departs his Surulere neighborhood in Lagos to pursue stardom in Bandra, Mumbai, in the hopes of landing exceptional roles in Bollywood. However, his life takes a dramatic turn when Periwinkle appears, altering his destiny forever.

Efemena, tired of a squalid existence, yearns for independence in the bustling city of Mumbai. But life for a Nigerian in Mumbai is far from straightforward. It’s a constant battle, an unending escape from the Indian police and narcotics agents.

The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai is an unapologetic exploration of themes like violence, drugs, human trafficking, murder, and sex, all set against the backdrop of an ever evolving and dynamic Mumbai.

Inspiration for the Series

Nwelue shares that the series was inspired by his Academic Advisor at the University of Oxford. “He was really kind to me,” Nwelue explains. “We had dinner, and I shared the idea with him, and he thought it would be a blast. So, I kicked it off.” The author’s commitment to his craft is undeniable, having immersed himself in the worlds of criminals, prisoners, scammers, and investigative journalists to ensure the authenticity of his writing.

Praise for Onyeka Nwelue

Described by Sri P. T. Narendra Menon as “one of Africa’s youngest writers,” Onyeka Nwelue’s unique writing style and brilliance have earned him critical acclaim. With over 20 award-winning books to his name, Nwelue stands as one of Africa’s most prolific and promising writers.


  • The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai has been longlisted for the 2023 Ana Chinhua Achebe Prize.
  • It is also shortlisted for the 2023 Ana Prose Prize.
  • The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai being developed for film by Indian filmmaker, Ramesh Raparthy.


For further information about The Nigerian Mafia: Mumbai, media inquiries, review copies, and interview requests, please reach out:

Ms. Kavya.M

Bookbots India


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