Briana Mukodiri Uchendu

Briana Mukodiri Uchendu is an illustrator, visual development artist, and a first-generation Nigerian-American. Her work is inspired by her interests in folklore, film, and animation and her passion to highlight voices that usually go unheard. Briana is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design where she majored in Illustration. In her illustration debut, her work for The Talk by Newbery Honor-winner Alicia D. Williams was juried into The Original Art 2022 by the Society of Illustrators and was awarded the Silver Medal. The book was also named a Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor Book and an Amazon Best Book of the Year, among many other honors. She received the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Illustrator) for We Could Fly by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell. Her forthcoming books include Soul Step by New York Times-bestseller Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams (Little Brown, June 2024), Night Market by Seina Wedlick (Random House Studio, September 2024), and Hairstory (Atheneum, Spring 2026). She currently lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas.


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