Magazine
Latest Issue

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect