Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Chimezie, pen name ‘Mr Ben’ was the first born of four siblings, two brothers and a sister, their mother sadly passing away in 2022.
His primary and secondary school education finishing after A levels, (in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics) followed by further tertiary education was in Lagos, an ever hustling and bustling city, which contributed considerably to his wide reaching life and survival skills. This man’s artistic journey is a story of survival, and his determination and persistence to be heard shines through his work like a lamp in the darkest cave.
As a child, Mr Ben always imagined he would, one day, become a published writer, poet, essayist, playwright, novelist and narrator. As an adult, three decades later, living alone with an incredible work rate and positive outlook, Mr Ben’s efforts to make ends meet in an incredibly poor and difficult environment has earned our respect and aeh management signed him in 2023 to support him realise his life ambitions and appropriate rewards for his vision, talent, diligence and humility.
In his own words “In a nation where practically everything seem to be collapsing over time, I have taken it upon myself to transcend the bar of complacency: a rampant decision among most young people in Nigeria.”
After literally hundreds of rejections for almost eight years, commendably he has become the published author he has always dreamed of becoming. He went onto turn his publications into screenplays and short scripts into audio drama podcasts.
Besides being an avid reader and writer, his personal interests and areas of work include animal care, essential food services, AI, alien life, and human empowerment.
Chimezie has congenital CFA, (craniofacial anomalies), a diverse group of deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones and has faced a lifetime of unkind human interaction which has only strengthened his will to succeed and ours too; his management.
Mr Ben said “Despite being born facially deformed and consequently having to endure the trauma of being look down by society (neighbours, schools I attended, even the churches I was once a member of) during my formative years, I summoned the courage to press on ahead with the burning ambition of becoming useful to myself and society. There was no finance to even see myself basically at the time. But through years of endurance and determination, I was able to pull through my painful childhood and hold onto my imagination of being a published writer and furthering myself in the only way I knew how, expressing myself, speaking, poetry & writing”
Mr Ben’s various works are diverse and captivating and “a more than worthwile read”, “challenging and thought provoking”, “an incredibly enjoyable listen”, “writes with pain, heart and soul”.
Below are my contact information
Chimezie Benedict Ihekuna
37, Kosoko Street, off Ogunlana street, Ijesha, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
Below are information regarding my currently published books (print, ebook and audio formats)
The Broken Mirror: The Nigerian Tale
Olcan Press, UK, January 1, 2023, 87 pages, Fiction, ISBN: 1739144023, fiction.
A Taste Of Poison
RM Publishers LTD, UK, December 3, 2022, 14 pages, fiction/drama, ASIN: BOBNZCQRNV
11 Major Deceptions You Must Guard Against…
RM Publishers LTD, UK, nonfiction, October 6, 2022, 57 pages, ASIN: BOBHLM23YM
Rainbowdash Publishers, LLC, USA, November 13, 2020, memoir/autobiography, 52 pages, ISBN: 1798596458
Wake Up, Dream Boy!
AL-FA INC E Publishing, India, January 1, 2023, fiction, 53 pages, ISBN: 9788196135911
Don’t Be Stubborn
Prakhar Goonj Publications, India, January 1, 2023, 12 pages, children’s fiction/play, ISBN: 9789389984620
Kids Love Stories
Prakhar Goonj Publications, India, January 1, 2023, children’s fiction/ short story collection, ISBN: 9789389984637
The Darn Things Kids Say
Prakhar Goonj Publications, India, January 1,2023, 8 pages, children’s fiction/play, ISBN:9789389984613
The Meeting Point
Prakhar Goonj Publications, January 1, 2023, 16 pages, children’s fiction/drama, ISBN: 9789389984644
Audiobook titles and their audio book numbers (Publisher: Speechki, platform: Storytel)
What Should We Crave for? Jan 18, 2022, Religion/Spirituality, time duration: 2hrs. 24 mins, 8462468253039
The M_L.A.W Link: Man’s Contribution To Leaving Dynamics, Religion/Spirituality, time duration; 54 mins, January 18, 2022. 8462468253046
The Broken Mirror (The Foreign version)
Fiction/Voltage, August 21,2021, time duration: 1hr. 1min. 8462468252964
A Successful Marriage
Personal Development, time duration: 1hr 16 mins
The Christian Matrix
Short stories, August 27, 2021, time duration: 1hr.6mins, 8462468252995
God’s Love Towards His People
Short stories, August 27,2021, time duration: 1hr. 12 minutes. 8462468252988
7 Mistakes Christians Make and The Benediction: The ‘Last Days’ Prayers For All Christians, August 27, 2021, time duration: 1hr. 34mins, Religion/spirituality. 8462468253008