From Nigeria to America and back

"There was a time in my life when I devoured Christian literature," says novelist Chigozie Obioma.

Read the main article on Chigozie Obioma and Jowhor Ile’s debut novels.

Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. He was encouraged to write by his father, who as a child had worked in the home of the celebrated Nigerian poet Gabriel Okara. Obioma’s first novel, The Fishermen, portrays a family in the midst of Nigerian politics, faith, mystery, and mythology. Obioma teaches writing at the University of Nebraska.

How did you decide to write The Fishermen?