Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe
New York Times Book Review
CHIGOZIE OBIOMA was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MFA in Creative Writing and was a recipient of a Hopwood Award in fiction and poetry. He is now an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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. Translation rights are sold in twenty-six languages. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015.
A stage adaptation of The Fishermen opens in July 2018 at the HOME Theatre in Manchester, produced and directed by Jack McNamara of New Perspectives and with script by Gbolahan Obisesan, playwright of Pigeon English and Mad About the Boy! See the making-of video
Chigozie Obioma's second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, will be published by Little, Brown US and Little, Brown UK in January 2019! With a resonance that echoes from more than three hundred years ago, or even from the beginning of the world, An Orchestra of Minorities is a heart-breaking story of an Igbo man who sacrifices all he has for the woman he loves. Drawing on Milton to express the Igbo philosophy of destiny, free will and regeneration; Shakespeare to convey the complexities of tragic love; and Garcia Marquez to reconstruct the mythology of a lost West African civilization, this magnificent epic will awaken in all of its readers a shared sense of suffering and humanity. Set between Nigeria and Cyprus, a seed of this novel was an autobiographical essay that appeared in The Guardian, The Ghosts of My Student Years in Northern Cyprus.
"I just finished reading Chigozie Obioma's astonishing first novel…The writing is so crisp, the story so unusual, that I couldn't put the book down even though it disturbed me. It was written to disturb. Four brothers, conceived by their parents to become happy and successful men, become instead harbingers of immense torment and grief. Someone must have observed that it is our children who can break us, when all other systems of oppression have failed. That is part of the tidings of this remarkable, mythic, book." Alice Walker