About Me

Hi I’m Sugabelly,

and I spend way too much time on the Internet.

When I was little I wanted to be an Olympic Gymnast, then an Archaeologist, then an award winning Beans Farmer.

Obviously, it didn’t work out that way, and I became an illustrator, and a programmer instead.

Right now, I spend most of my time working on SEXY IGBO –  a revolutionary learning system and practise community for Igbo I designed to get even absolute beginners speaking Igbo fluently.

I’m the creator of the wildly popularThe 10 People You Meet in Nigeria” series, which you can read right here.

In 2010, I invented a new writing system for the Igbo language called Ndebe. Now when I’m supposed to be working, I like to amuse myself by developing new logograms for it instead. It’s still in development but all my linguistic work can be found here.

I consider Massages, Pepper soup, and Street Fighter to be the greatest contributions to humanity, and I like to read…. a lot.

Sadly, ever since I became an adult, I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like.

One day I will live in a gorgeous apartment in the clouds with my cat Buhari.

I live in Nigeria and the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are You Called Sugabelly?

When I was ten years old, I and two of my friends decided we were going to form a girl band called VHS. My first friend picked the name Vanilla, and my second friend picked the name Honey.

Obviously, to be the ‘S’ in the group, I had to be called Sugar.

I thought Sugar was too boring however, and decided to call myself Sugabelly.

The nickname stuck, and I’ve been Sugabelly ever since.

How Did You Learn How to Draw

I didn’t attend art school although I really wish I had.

I was born with a fairly well developed ability to draw which I then developed over my entire childhood by scribbling on the walls and lots of books and pieces of paper which I probably shouldn’t have.

I didn’t draw for almost six years in secondary school, but in 2010, I resolved to draw every day and I haven’t looked back since.

What Camera Do You Use?

Until February 2013 I used a Canon Rebel Xsi. I gave it away and now I use a Canon Rebel T4i.

I’ve also got a Flip Ultra HD which I use for videos when I can’t be bothered to lug my DSLR around, and an Olympus point and shoot camera for taking pictures on the go.

Many times I forget to take that with me so I end up taking pictures with my iPhone.