About Nkem DenChukwu

Nkem is a passionate creative writer and author of 13 books. She was named the 2019 and 2020 Reader’s Choice Winner by the Houston Public Library Foundation. She was also named one of Africa’s Top 40 Women in Films and Television by FilmBiz Magazine. Her most recent award-winning film is Lone Star Deception with Oscar Nominee Eric Roberts, after receiving the 2014 Rising Star Award from the Canada International Film Festival on Pound of Flesh.

Nkem DenChukwu, a mother of four, was born on July 4th and is the sixth of seven children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. Her real love is in the arts of filmmaking and creative writing. Her inspirational verses have been published five times in O, the Oprah Magazine, now known as Oprah Daily.

In 2012, Nkem joined fledging groups of filmmakers in Houston, Texas, that specialize in Independent Film Productions with a mixture of Hollywood and Nollywood as their backdrops. In 2014, she produced POUND OF FLESH, a film that received the “Rising Star Award at the 2015 Canada International Film Festival,” and the African Oscars for “Best Drama in Diaspora.”

Between 2017 and 2018, Nkem produced the political/crime/drama; LONE STAR DECEPTION, starring Oscar Nominee Eric Roberts, Anthony Ray Parker (known for Matrix), Merlisa Determined, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and a host of other great talents from Houston, and the surrounding cities. In 2018, Nkem was featured in Forbes Magazine (Digital Edition) for producing HARVEY, a movie inspired by Hurricane Harvey. Since then, she has 14 films under her belt plus her yet-to-be-released first 3D animation short film, WHEN HEARTS TOUCH.
Nkem lives in Houston, Texas with her family.






Her Story

For two consecutive years, Nkem was named the Reader’s Choice Winner by the Houston Public Library Foundation.

Nkem has a flare for creative writing and almost everything art. Five of her creative verses were published in O, Oprah Magazine (June 2014, May 2015, July 2016, November 2019, and February 2020 Editions). Her thought-provoking articles were also published in Dallas and Los Angeles independent magazines. For a few years, she contributed on HuffingtonPost.com and occasionally contributed to BellaNaija.com.

In April 2012, Nkem published her first book; Tribal Echoes: Restoring Hope. It’s a two-part book with a collection of intriguing short stories and pages that highlight the beauty of culture. Kerry Washington, Nnamdi Asomugha, Blair Underwood, Dr. Lilian Asomugha, Eric and Eliza Roberts, and Denzel and Pauletta Pearson Washington are amongst many who have signed copies of Tribal Echoes. Book reviews from many readers are on Amazon.
Nkem believes that childhood orientation and words have the power to shape or destroy a child’s life and mindset. Children learn from what they experience, see, read, and hear. This belief made her create LIFE LESSONS; a collection of inspirational children’s books to help empower, educate, enrich, inform, and inspire more than one child at a time. She writes each book with every child, tween, teen, or young adult in mind. In 2013, the book ZOE (1st edition) was endorsed by the former Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker. In 2014, Nkem republished ZOE (2nd edition), wrote and published ALLEY-GATORS: The Bullies of Poughkeepsie, ODERA: An Orphan’s Tale, and ABOUT A BOY (2018). She has written thirteen books so far. THE HOUSE WITHOUT CHRISTMAS was published in 2021, while BE MY EYES is her latest book. Poverty, orphans, hope, and kindness & lack of it around us inspired her to write and 3D-animate WHEN HEARTS TOUCH (coming in 2023).
Nkem has been interviewed live by Emmy Award Winner Melissa Wilson of Fox 26 News during the 2014 Black History Month Celebration and in 2020 to promote mental health through books. Also featured live in Washington, DC on VOA – Voice of America/Africa 54, NBC 2 – Houston Life with Derrick and Courtney, by ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston and interviewed by Melanie Lawson on “CrossRoads,” FOX 26 News “Black Voices,” on Isiah Factor Uncensored (2018), and Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan (2018). Nkem always says that; “Each day is an opportunity to grow and become a better you,” and believes that we should not only exist, but live our lives to the fullest against all odds while trusting God.


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