Ben Okri


Born
in Minna, Nigeria
March 15, 1959


Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father. He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative Literature at Essex University in England.

He was poetry editor for West Africa magazine between 1983 and 1986 and broadcast regularly for the BBC World Service between 1983 and 1985. He was appointed Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge in 1991, a post he held until 1993. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literatu
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benokri: I saw the Cosmic Destiny last night at The Scottish Storytelling Centre. Intriguing and a head spinner - come and see it!

benokri: I saw the Cosmic Destiny last night at The Scottish Storytelling Centre. Intriguing and a head spinner - come and see it!
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