Herkunft: Nigeria

Sefi Atta

Sefi Atta, born in Lagos in 1964, is an award-winning writer and former accountant who resides in the United States, England, and Nigeria. Her early career saw her qualify as a Chartered Accountant in England and a Certified Public Accountant in the US, followed by a Master of Fine Arts

Jordan Ifueko

born in Los Angeles, established herself as a New York Times bestselling author recognized for the »Raybearer« series and the Disney-Marvel comics »Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur«. Accolades in her name include being a Nebula Award, Ignyte Award, Audie Award, and Hugo Lodestar finalist. Noteworthy features of her work have

Lola Shoneyin

born in 1974 in Ibadan, is a Nigerian author, poet, and director of the Book Buzz Foundation. After publishing three collections of poetry: »So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg« (1997), »Song of a Riverbird« (2002), and »For the Love of Flight« (2010), and an award winning

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, western Nigeria, in 1934. Following Literature and Drama Studies in Nigeria (Ibadan) and England (Leeds) he worked at the London Royal Court Theatre as an actor and dramatic advisor, where he also wrote his first plays. In 1960 he returned to Nigeria, where he

Tope Folarin

Tope Folarin was born in Ogden, Utah as the son of Nigerian immigrants and he grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. He studied political science in Atlanta and then received his Master’s as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford. Following that he worked as a press speaker and

Sylvia Ofili

Silvia Ofili was born in 1984 in Nigeria and lives in Lagos, the former capital and now most populous city in the country. The author, who describes herself on Twitter as a dreamer and teacher, uses more than tweeting to speak out on topical social and political issues; she also

Obi Nwakanma

Obi Nwakanma was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1966. He studied English and Poetry, and obtained his MFA from Washington University and his PhD from Saint Louis University in the USA. Nwakanma worked as a journalist in Nigeria and wrote articles for international newspapers and magazines. He is also a

Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in London to Nigerian parents in 1983. Depending on where her father was based while working in the oil industry, she grew up in different places, but mainly in Nigeria. When she was 13, her family moved to the United States to settle in Louisiana.

Laolu Senbanjo

Laolu Senbanjo was born in Ilorin, Nigeria, and today lives in Brooklyn, New York. Alongside his work as a human rights lawyer, he has discovered his true vocation in art and music. In 2007 Senbanjo coined the notion of »afromysterics« to describe his style, which expresses the mysteries of African

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria. At the age of eight, she moved to England with her family. While studying communication and visual culture at London Metropolitan University, she began working as a freelance writer. Her texts have appeared in many outlets, including »The New York Times«, »The Observer«, and

Helon Habila

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He studied at the University of Jos in Nigeria, and the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of four novels: Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time

Elnathan John

Elnathan John was born in Kaduna, Nigeria. He worked as a lawyer after completing his legal studies at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria before quitting to become a full-time writer in 2012.His short story »Bayan Layi« was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. In it, the author