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Nigerian-American twin, memorist, lover of literature

Background Information

Jessica Kehinde Ngo, a writer and English professor, is an identical twin with a Nigerian-American background. 

After 17 years of living in Bakersfield, California—the most conservative city in the whole state which is also one of the nation’s foremost producers of baby carrots and a place where having an oil well as a school mascot is nothing out of the ordinary—she moved to Malibu in 2002 to study Creative Writing at Pepperdine University.

Upon graduating in 2006, she entered the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California and became obsessed with dissecting her cultural and social (twin) background, therefore embarking on the journey that became a short story, which later evolved into her first book, Second Twin, First Twin. 

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her French husband, teaches English and writing at a couple local community colleges, and busies herself with thoughts of her next writing journey.


Birth Place
Bakersfield, CA United States

Member of PEN Center USA

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PUBLICATION: Second Twin, First Twin (Sabellapress 2009) depicts twinship in a way it has never been explored before: through the eyes of an awkward, Nigerian-American girl who is not only trying to figure out what it means to be a twin, but also attempting to understand her role as a first generation American. The book uses the aid of twin mythology from Nigeria and other countries around the globe to investigate the uniqueness of twin bonds and the significance of being a Nigerian twin growing up in the United States. Second Twin mimics the format of Sandra Cisnerosí The House on Mango Street. Like Cisnerosís well-known novel, it is a quick read, offering short, yet intense chapters that can easily stand alone as short stories. Though a memoir, Second Twin is held together by a strong narrative voice and reads more like a novel than a typical autobiographical work. It combines elements of humor, myth, and narrative that will hold reader interest. It is also narrated by a self-conscious, indecisive, introverted girl who, by the end of the book, has blossomed into womanhood. Second Twin is a product of Sabellapress and is currently available on Amazon and at

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