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 instead.

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

I also own Jigida Comics, a Nigerian comics publishing community, and I illustrate for Dinka, an Igbo t-shirt line.

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 Blackberry or my iPad.