Ben Okri – Writer

Ben Okri
Ben Okri

Ben Okri O.B.E. is a Booker Prize winning Author and Poet.

Okri was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel The Famished Road (1991). Set in a Nigerian village <p>Ben Okri was Born in Nigeria in 1959. He is a journalist and writer by trade.

He traveled to Britain when he was just four years old. In 1980 whilst studying Comparative Literature at the University of Essex, came his first publication ‘Flowers and Shadows’.

In 1987 he was shortlisted for the ‘Commonwealth Prize’,then for the ‘Guardian Fiction Prize’ the following year, for Incidents at the Shrine and Stars of the Curfew. In 1994 he won the ‘Booker Prize’ for The Famished Road.

Ben Okri is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001.

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