Ada Udechukwu is an artist and writer. She holds a BA in English and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, Bennington Vermont.
She has had several exhibitions of her drawings, paintings and textiles. Her solo exhibitions are: Hand Drawn and PaintedFabrics, Nsukka, Nigeria (1990) and InMidmomenT: lines. spaces. boundaries., Canton, New York (2000). A selection of her joint and group exhibitions include: Anexhibition of Marada Design: Featuring Mary Ezewuzie and Ada Udechukwu, Nsukka, Nigeria (1984); FabricDimensions: The Art of Ada Udechukwu and Elizabeth Ohene, Enugu, Nigeria (1990); Uli: Different Hands, Different Times, Nsukka, Nigeria (1992); Celebrating Africa [with Olujimi Gureje and Achmet Dizi], Lagos, Nigeria (1993); The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Washington, D.C. (1997-98); and Lyrical Lines: The Works of Obiora Udechukwu and Ada Udechukwu, Greensboro, North Carolina (2003). Her work is in private collections in Europe, Nigeria and the United States and in the collection of the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.
She has published a book of poems, Woman, Me (Bayreuth: Boomerang Press, 1993) and Herero (New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 1996). Her short stories have appeared in The AtlanticMonthly, Callaloo and PMS: Poem Memoir Story. In 2007, her story “Night Bus” was shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.