Chigozie Obioma Biography and Profile

Chigozie Obioma was born 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His debut novel, The Fishermen, is winner of the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (Los Angeles Times Book Prizes); and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015, as well as for several other prizes in the US and UK.

Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and adapted into stage.

He is an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, will be published in Spring 2019 by Little, Brown and Co.

Chigozie Obioma Other Works

  • Finding The Light Under The Bushel: How One Writer Came To Love Books (2018) – New York Times
  • Life-Saving Optimism: What the West Can Learn From Africa – The Guardian
  • Africa Has Been Failed By Westernisation (2017) – The Guardian
  • Midnight Sun (Short story, 2016) – ?NewStatesman?
  • Èkó ò ní bàjé : The growth of Lagos City –The Guardian
  • Ghosts of My Student Years in Northern Cyprus-The Guardian
  • Teethmarks: The Translator’s Dilenma–Poets and Writers, January/February 2016
  • Audacity of Prose (Essay, 2015)-The Millions
  • The Road To the Country (Poetry, 2015)-Virginia Quarterly Review
  • The Great Convert (Short story, 2014)-Transition Magazine Issue 114
  • Fishermen (Short story, 2011)-Virginia Quarterly Review

Chigozie Obioma Awards

  • Ft/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Prize for Fiction
  • NAACP Image Awards for Debut Fiction
  • Finalist, Man Booker Prize
  • Nebraska Book Award Winner
  • New York Times Notable Book

Chigozie Obioma is an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.