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Chigozie Obioma: how Nigeria can succeed

The Man Booker shortlisted author says the boundaries of African nations are arbitrary

By Sameer Rahim  
Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma

The Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma was as surprised as anyone when his first novel, The Fishermen, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year. “Nothing could have prepared me for that kind of attention,” he said, speaking down the phone from America, where he now lives. “It was a bit of a shock to me.” The 28-year-old was born in Akure, Nigeria and later spent time in Cyprus, where he began writing The Fishermen. The novel follows the fate of four brothers—the youngest nine, the eldest…

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