Born in 1940, John Maxwell Coetzee grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where he attended St. Joseph’s College, and later studied mathematics and English at the University of Cape Town. He received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English in 1960 and his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Mathematics in 1961.
Dr. William T. Muhairwe did his high school at Ntare School in Western Uganda, before moving to Germany, where he completed his Bachelors, Masters and PhD in business management. After his PhD, he joined a German company, Wacker Chemie GmbH (Ltd), where he worked as a corporate controller.
Without doubt, the greatest writer to emerge from his native Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is outstanding both for the number of books he has written and the enduring quality of his writing.
Africa’s best writers generally tend to be very well educated folks, often having attended some of the top universities on the continent, and in the west. But even by the generally high standards we have come to expect, Festus Iyayi’s credentials stand out.
Uwe Akpan rose to international fame when his book “Say You’re One of Them) was picked by the Oprah Winfrey for her book club in September 2009. He has been interviewed by various international media, including the New York Times, the New Yorker magazine and CNN.
Like many international journalists, Michaela Wrong got her start in the field, working for the Reuters news agency in the early 1980s, mostly as a foreign correspondent.
Albert Chinualumgu Achebe best known as Chinua Achebe is, without doubt, one of Africa’s most successful writers of all time. Born in 1930 in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe hails from the Igbo community. A renowned critic, poet and novelist, Achebe has had an influence on African writing, extending far beyond his own personal success.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in 1977 in Enugu, a town in South eastern Nigeria. As a writer, Adichie enjoys the rare distinction of having won international literary awards for her first two novels.