Edison Nyembeche Yongai was born in Sierra Leone. He is a prolific writer, print journalist and broadcaster. Edison writes novels, short stories, poems and newspaper articles. During the civil war in Sierra Leone he fled to Guinea, where he was granted refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He was resettled in Australia in 2001. Since living in Australia, Yongai has had several books published by Macmillan Publishers in London and has completed a Masters in Journalism at the University of Wollongong. Yongai is also one of the creative team which produced Darkness over Paradise, a film about the Sierra Leonean war.