DIANA ANYAKWO was born in 1974 in Lagos, Nigeria. She is of mixed Irish and Nigerian heritage. She moved to the UK when she was a teenager and later graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Molecular Biology and a Masters in Bioreactor Systems. She spent three years in Athens, Greece where she taught English and worked as an editor at an educational publisher.

She currently lives and works in Manchester as a freelance writer and editor of English Language teaching materials. She completed a course in Creative Writing with the University of East Anglia. She is writing her debut novel, a love story about an interracial couple in 1950s Dublin and colonial Nigeria, and their lives till the early days of independence up until 1970.