Chigozie Obioma: Nigerian writer who is acclaimed to be the heir to Chinua Achebe

Chigozie Obioma: Nigerian writer who is acclaimed to be the heir to Chinua Achebe

- Chigozie Obioma is a Nigeria-born novelist who serves as an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at an American university

- Owing to the uniqueness and style of his writing, he was called the heir to Chinua Achebe by the New York Times

- The man who became an assistant professor at 28 is one of the only two persons to have had two of their literary works shortlisted by the Booker Prize

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Chigozie Obioma's name may not ring much of a bell to those who do not fancy reading literary works at all but in the global literary divide, he is a force to be reckoned with.

Born in 1986 in the city of Akure, Obioma is a Nigerian novelist, writer, short story writer as well as a poet.

His literary works The Fishermen (in 2015) and An Orchestra of Minorities (in 2019) were testaments to his writing talents. Perhaps, it was his 2015 masterpiece that earned him the recognition by New York Times in the same year as the heir to Chinua Achebe.

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Chigozie Obioma: Nigerian writer who is acclaimed to be the heir to Chinua Achebe

Chigozie Obioma, the Nigerian writer set to take over from where legendary Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe stopped Photo Credit: Linkedln/HistoryVille
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Unsurprisingly, both novels made it to the renowned Booker Prize shortlists in their respective year of publication, according to Wikipedia. He is one of the two persons alive to have been honoured in such way and recorded such feat.

The multiple award winning writer, according to HistoryVille, became an assistant professor of literature at the age of 28 and currently lectures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States of America.

It is noteworthy that the 35-year-old writer is fluent in Igbo , Yoruba and English languages and was named a judge, in December 2020, for this year's edition of the Booker Prize.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported how a Nigerian writer won the German literature award.

Obioma won the award through the German translation of his novel, An Ochestra of Minorities, Premium Times reports.

We can't continue like this: Falz reacts to arrest of Mr Macaroni, other protesters at Lekki tollgate gathered that the award, which was founded in 2009, has been honouring outstanding contemporary works especially first-time translations “to rack up voices of relatively unknown authors in Germany”.

Victor Duru is a journalist with more than three years of working experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Studies from Imo State University, where he was a Students' Union Government Director of Information. Victor is a Human Interest Editor, Strategic Content Creator and a Google-certified Digital Marketer. Connect with him on Twitter @DuruCVictor2


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