Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Interview with author Boniface Nwugwo

Find out more about Boniface Nwugwo and his latest book, The Silent Immigrants


The Silent Immigrants
Author: Boniface Nwugwo
Genre: Inspirational Memoir
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 378
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-49180-508-4

When Boniface Nwugwo left his hometown in Eastern Nigeria in 1980 to study in America, he had only $4600 to his name for his tuition, his faith in God and an unquenchable thirst to succeed in America. In this revealing, inspiring and compelling memoir, Boniface with uncompromising candor, tells his story of courage, insurmountable struggles, and triumphs that he and many West African immigrants faced before and after coming to America demonstrating that you can reach your dreams if you persevere.

From modest beginnings as the son of a teacher in his native Imo State of Nigeria, Boniface Nwugwo overcame poverty to distinguish himself as a brilliant academic and achieve a respectable career in the information technology industry.

Through his story and the sample stories of other West African immigrants, America’s promise as land of immigrants with infinite possibilities are rekindled in this self-revealing and self-fulfilling book.

Question1- Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what?

I like to listen to soft music with the TV on while writing because it helps me block out everything and concentrate on my thoughts.

Question2 – Do you have any suggestions for upcoming writers?

One suggestion is to write down your ideas and thoughts as they come across. It does not matter where you are, those ideas do come and when they do, write them down even if it’s on a napkin or the palm of your hand.

Question3- What is it you like to do when you are not reading/writing?

I like to watch world news flipping through TV channels from CNN to BBC to C-SPAN looking for real news instead of opinion shows.

Question4- Is there an author/authors that have inspired you?

I have been inspired by Shakespeare and Chinua Achebe.

Question5- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Actually, I wanted to be an architect because I like to build things. I ended up a computer software engineer, which in a way, still builds things.

Question6- How do you/would you react to a bad review of your book?

One would always like to know that others cherish his/her work as much as one does, but sometimes, people may not see things the way you see them. There is not much one can do about bad reviews other than to move on to the next project with the hope that the next project will be better than the last one.


Boniface Chibuzo Nwugwo was born on February 16, 1960 at Alaenyi Ogwa, in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State (part of what was the Eastern Region) of Nigeria. Popularly known as B.C. (as his parents refer to their children by their initials), he is the third of nine children born to Juliana and Christian Onwezi Nwugwo. His father, a retired elementary school headmaster, and his mother, a retired seamstress, live part-time in the United States, and part-time in Nigeria.

Boniface attended different elementary schools in Mbaitoli LGA due to the fact that his father as a teacher moved from school to school. He attended Obazu Community Grammar School Mbieri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, graduating in 1978. After graduation from secondary school he spent 18 months working for First Bank of Nigeria while waiting to gain admission into a university. After almost two years of waiting, he travelled to America to pursue his post-secondary education even though he did not have all the resources required to make such a trip.

From the second month of his freshman year at the State University of New York at Brockport, he started working for the school’s Shipping & Receiving Department until his graduation. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport in 1984, with a B.S. in Computer Science. He found a job in Rochester New York and continued to pursue higher learning while working full-time, earning a Master of Public Administration in information management systems from State University of New York at Brockport in 1987, and a Master of Science in software development & management from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1989.

In 1995 he relocated with his wife to the Washington DC area. He continued to work and go to school until 2003 when he completed a PhD program in information technology management from Capella University, Minneapolis/St Paul Minnesota. Boniface and his wife and their four children live in Maryland.

Boniface now runs an Information Technology Consulting business he founded in 2005. Boniface is also IEEE Senior member and member of the IEEE Computer Society and Past Chair of the IEEE Computer Society, Baltimore Chapter. He lives in Maryland with his wife Francisca and their four children – Brian, Allen, Jaine and Denzel.

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