Born in Nigeria, Dotta Raphels brings a culture rich with African folk-tales, her belief in the supernatural and her world travels to her novels. Her writing was born of a desperate desire to escape the stark realities of growing up in a polygamous home. Challenged by her literature teacher, Dotta was determined to defy the odds and make her voice heard through the power and emotion of words.
In 1989, Dotta wrote her first book but the manuscript was lost when her word processor was stolen. Never daunted, never forgetting the legacy of perseverance handed down from her teacher, she continued to write. To date she’s written five novels, all enriched with the beauty, magic and history of her hometown, Nkwessi.
Currently, Dotta Raphels lives in Houston, Texas with her vegan husband and seven children—all of whom influence her writing. But the lasting influence, the man who started it all, was that literature teacher who tapped the literary treasure buried deep in her heart. In Dotta’s own words, “Thank you, Mr. Andy Chukwujekwu. Because of you, I found the gold ring, grabbed it and am living the life of my dreams.”