Chigozie Obioma

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Chigozie Obioma launches the OXBELLY Writers Retreat in Messinia, Greece. To Apply, click here.

An Orchestra of Minorities is one of Guardian’s Top 10 Books Inspired by Greek Myths.

Obioma’s personal essay on Nigeria is one of the essays in of This Our Country

Obioma’s non-fiction personal essay about living in a soviet-style camp is Alexander magazine’s launch story.

An Orchestra of Minorities is now out in Poland, the 20th language!

An Orchestra of Minorities is a joint winner of Internationaler literaturpreis, Germany’s biggest prize for Foreign Fiction

Read Chigozie Obioma’s June 2020 Writer’s Digest Cover Interview

An Orchestra of Minorities (La Prière des Oiseaux) is on the shortlist for best Translated Fiction for Winter 2020 in France.

The Fishermen is a Radio National, Australia, best book of the decade!

An Orchestra of Minorities is on the BBC, Houston Chronicle, Financial Times, TIME,, Publisher’s Weekly, Minnesota Star Tribune, Waterstones, and other best book of the year lists!

New short story, “The Stranger Story of the World,” on

An Orchestra of Minorities is on the shortlist of Kulturhuset’s Best Translated Fiction in Sweden!

The Fishermen has been chosen as BBC World Bookclub book of the month for August.

Watch Sam Omatseye’s interview with Chigozie Obioma on TVC Africa, Babel, Sweden’s premier Book Show.

Read Chigozie Obioma’s New York Times essay about how he came to love books and reading.

Hooray! An Orchestra of Minorities earns starred reviews in all 5 pre-publication trade reviews: Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and Bookpage (see reviews page).

The New York Times

Fiammetta Rocco

In his exploration of the mysterious and the murderous, of the terrors that can take hold of the human mind, of the colors of life in Africa, with its vibrant fabrics and its trees laden with fruit, and most of all in his ability to create dramatic tension in this most human of African stories, -Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to ¬Chinua Achebe.

Wall Street Journal

Sam Sacks

Chigozie Obioma is that rare thing: an original. His world is a mix of the real and the folkloric, and his writing sounds like no one else’s.

Boktips (Norway)

Ellen Sofie Lauritzen

This book is something very unique. I understand that you have to have comparisons, especially for new readers, but there is something about the narrative voice that is so neat and original that I have trouble comparing him to anyone. I rather hope that people start to compare others with him eventually

Financial Times (US & UK)

Carl Wilkinson

A striking, controlled and masterfully taut debut… The tale has a timeless quality that renders it almost allegorical and it is the more powerful for it.

Times Literary Supplement

Stuart Kelly

The most impressive feature of The Fishermen is that, while it is ostensibly a naturalist novel, it is suffused with an air of legend and the supernatural…. ingenious, subtle, ambitious and intriguing

The Independent UK

Lucy Scholes

The Fishermen is a strikingly accomplished debut, hailing Chigozie Obioma as a bold new voice in Nigerian fiction. It comes as no surprise it’s made this year’s Man Booker Dozen, and I for one would be surprised and disappointed if it doesn’t make the shortlist next month.

Publisher’s Weekly

Seamlessly interweaving the everyday and the elemental, Obioma’s strange, imaginative debut—the translation rights to which have been sold in 12 countries—probes the nature of belief and the power of family bonds…Obioma excels at juxtaposing sharp observation, rich images of the natural world, and motifs from biblical and tribal lore; his novel succeeds as a convincing modern narrative and as a majestic reimagining of timeless folklore.

Alexandra Fuller

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Obioma writes with gorgeous restraint reminiscent of the intricate prose in a Tolstoy novella…It just doesn’t get better than this. Get used to the name: Obioma is here to stay.

USA Today

Darkly mythic…a kind of African Cormac McCarthy, committed to a stark vision of life in which our pretensions to civilization are forever held up and exposed as skin deep: that what really runs us is deeper down, in the blood.

The Globe and Mail

Obioma has mastered that tension essential to tragedy: In hindsight, the events seem inevitable, and yet you can’t help wondering if things could have turned out differently. Which is to say Obioma is a very good writer.

The Harvard Crimson

The Fishermen,” Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel, is a searing, incandescent exploration of the repercussions that come from acting on such a belief…Obioma so wonderfully casts the events that they come to feel natural, even inevitable.

Kirkus Review (US)

A lively, energetic debut novel … the talented Obioma exhibits a richly nuanced understanding of culture and character. A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty.