Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria. His debut novel, The Fishermen, is winner of the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction, the NAACP Image Awards for Debut Literary Work, and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (Los Angeles Times Book Prizes); and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015, as well as for several other prizes in the US and UK. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and adapted into stage. He is an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, was published in Spring 2019 by Little, Brown and Co.
"Chigozie Obioma pens a deeply empathetic, complex, and
gut-wrenchingly human narrative that captures the heart and soul.
An Orchestra of Minorities stays with you. With remarkable
style and compelling language, he explores what it means to
experience blinding love and devastating loss. A truly gifted
writer, Obioma has proven yet again, that he's a literary
treasure."--Nicole Dennis-Benn, award-winning author of Here
Comes the Sun
"An ambitious and immersive tale about love and sacrifice, told by an ancient spirit. A bold new novel from an exciting young writer."--Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers
"Chigozie Obioma is an audacious and ambitious writer, and quite adept at binding the reader to the irresistible spells he casts. An Orchestra of Minorities is a magisterial accomplishment by any measure, and particularly impressive for the way Obioma orchestrates a tableau in which humans and spirits must interact in a complex, emotionally rich-veined story. Few writers can match Obioma's astonishing range, his deft facility for weaving a mesmeric and triumphant fictive canvas in which-reminiscent of the ancient masters-a cohort of gods presides over and negotiates the fates of humans."--Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc.
"Chigozie Obioma is a gifted and original storyteller. His masterful new novel An Orchestra of Minorities is remarkable for its exploration of universal concepts to do with destiny, free will and luck."--Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love and President of PEN International
"Unforgettable second novel . . . Obioma's novel is electrifying, a meticulously crafted character drama told with emotional intensity. His invention, combining Igbo folklore and Greek tragedy in the context of modern Nigeria, makes for a rich, enchanting experience."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Obioma overwhelms readers with a visceral sense of Chinonso's humanity, his love, his rage, and his despair as he struggles between fate and self-determination." --Library Journal, starred review
"Obioma alchemizes his contemporary love story into a mythic quest enhanced by Igbo cosmology. . . . Magnificently multilayered, Obioma's sophomore title proves to be an Odyssean achievement."--Booklist, starred reviews
A deeply original book that will have readers laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny.--Kirkus, starred review
"A multicultural fable that her-alds a new master of magical realism. . . . It's a special writer who can take the familiar tropes found within AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES and infuse them with new life, transforming them into something exciting and unexpected. Happily, Obioma is exactly such an author."--Bookpage, starred review
Named a 'Most Anticipated Book of 2019' by Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, Hello Giggles, PureWow, Literary Hub, and Fast Company
Named one of '11 Writers to Watch in 2019' by the Los Angeles Times
"A tale of mythic nature and epic scale at times recalling Homer's Odyssey-a sweeping story about destiny and the power of choice."--Vanity Fair
"Gorgeously written, with a twist of magical realism and a heavy dose of sad reality, this is your big novel of the winter."--Washington Post
"Destined to become a classic." --Hello Giggles
"Obioma's novel remains interesting and important"--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"His is a bracing and searing work that compresses an ordinary life into an epic journey."--Houston Chronicle
"The chances that Chigozie Obioma's second novel would match, let alone surpass, "The Fishermen," were slim. Happily, his follow-up, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES, is a triumph. . . . In an era of copycats, "An Orchestra of Minorities" is an unusual and brilliantly original book."--The Economist
"It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it's a historical treasure."
"This is a powerful, multifarious novel that underlines Obioma's status as one of the most exciting voices in modern African literature."--Financial Times
"Obioma writes with an exigent precision that makes AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES feel at once timely and speculative. The novel aches with Chinonso. His triumphs are rare and hard-won. Obioma compels the reader to root for him, to see the poor chicken farmer's story as an epic."--The Atlantic
"It's a story as old as the epic."--New York Times Book Review
"epically imaginative, heartbreaking, and worth the read."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"a passionate argument for the enduring vitality of indigenous culture."--New Yorker
"Obioma's figurative language is rich and vivid... Obioma's absorbing tragicomedy painfully probes the perils of victimhood."--Gulf New Entertainment
"Igbo and Greek mythology are braided into this heartbreaking and utterly unique novel"--Boris Kacka, Vulture
"Obioma's frenetically assured second novel is a spectacular artistic leap forwards . . . [it is] a linguistically flamboyant, fast-moving, fatalistic saga of one man's personal disaster . . . Few contemporary novels achieve the seductive panache of Obioma's heightened language, with its mixture of English, Igbo and colourful African-English phrases, and the startling clarity of the dialogue. The story is extreme; yet its theme is a bid for mercy for that most fragile of creatures - a human" --Eileen Battersby, Guardian
"Transcendent . . . Chigozie Obioma's second novel is a rare treasure: a book that deepens the mystery of the human experience."--David Takami, Seattle Times
"A mystical epic...confirms his place among a raft of literary stars." --Time