Chigozie Obiama

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Chigozie Obiama is a 2 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author

Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a Fall 2012 OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he has completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and is now assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“…the heir to Chinua Achebe.”—New York Times Book Review

His first novel, The Fishermen, won the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author, and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. In addition, The Fishermen was on the shortlists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edinburgh Festival First Book Award, and The Guardian First Book Award.

Obioma states that, in addition to being a tribute to his siblings, the novel aims to “build a portrait of Nigeria at a very seminal moment in its history (the annulled presidential elections of 1993), and by so doing deconstruct and illuminate the ideological potholes that still impede the nation’s progress even today.”

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