Jovan Nikolaidis was born in 1950 in Ulcinj. In 1974, he started working for the daily newspaper Oslobođenje in Sarajevo. In the beginning of 1990s, he moved back to his hometown Ulcinj and focused his work on the cultural dialogue between Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania. He established the publishing house Plima and initiated the Montenegrin-Albanian cultural magazine Plima-Batica. He is also the initiator and publisher of the first Albanian-language magazine in Montenegro, Kronika. As a writer, his most important books are novels Velaskez and Valdinos 33, chronicles Ulcinjska pisma and Fosforne brojanice as well as his political commentaries Crnogorska krivica on Montenegro's question of guilt.