Residencies, Panels, etc:
2005: Writer-in-Residence, The British Museum
2005: Guest Director, Cheltenham Literary Festival
2004 - present: National Council of the Arts Council of England.
2002: Residency, Santa Maddalena Foundation Writers’ Retreat, Tuscany, Italy.
2000 – Member, Advisory Board, of Middlesex University’s ‘M.A in Creative Writing’.
1999 – 2004: Director of the Book Trust
1999: Visiting Writer, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, USA.
1999: Writer in residence, JP Purkyne University, Czech Republic.
1997 –2000: Member of the British Council’s British Studies Committee
2000 - 2003: Awarded the ‘Abraham Woursell’ stipend by Vienna University, a prize for noteworthy young European writers.
2002: International Arts Council Fellowship
2002: Nominee, Carlton Television's Multicultural Award.
1996: A Betty Trask Award
1996: The Authors' Club's 'Best First Novel' Award
1996: The Writers Guild’s New Writer of the Year
1996: Ebony Reads Top 100.
1995: Winner, the Saga Prize (for SOME KIND OF BLACK)
1991: Awarded the ‘Nigerian Special Award’ by the UK Nigerians Association.
2005: Scriptwriter, 'Out of Africa' (Black Icons) BBC
Writer/ Presenter of films for 'Edinburgh Nights' and 'The Culture Show.'
1991- 92: REPORTER on ’Reportage’, BBC TV’s youth current affairs series.