Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria. His two novels, The Fishermen (2015) and An Orchestra of Minorities (2019) were shortlisted for The Booker Prize making him one of only two novelists to be shortlisted for all of their work. His novels have been translated into more than 32 languages. They have won awards including the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Award and the LA Times Book Prize, and been nominated for many others. The Fishermen was adapted into an award-winning stage play by Gbolahan Obisesan that played in the UK and South Africa between 2018-2019 with runs at London West end's Trafalgar studios, Edinburgh Fringe, HOME theatre in Manchester and Market Theatre in South Africa. It is being broadcast as a newly recorded play for the BBC as part of its Lights Up season. He was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and divides his time between the US and Nigeria.