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Chigozie Obioma  

Author Best Known for Award Winning Novel, "The Fishermen"

Chigozie Obioma is the author of "The Fishermen," which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015, and a winner of four other awards, including an NAACP Image award, the FT/Oppenheimer prize for fiction, and several nominations. The novel, which is being translated in 26 languages, is also being adapted into a stage play.

His most recent book, "An Orchestra of Minorities," is on the longlist for the Booker Prize award. It is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Influential People of 2015. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and in Nigeria where where he runs various projects. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities was published in January 2019 to wide acclaim and is being translated into 12 languages.

Obioma was born in Nigeria. He has lived in Cyprus, Turkey and now the United States where he is a professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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