Born in 1964 in Nigeria,Sefi Atta grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she attended Queen’s College from 1974 to 1978, before moving to boarding school in England. She graduated with a business degree from Birmingham University in 1985 and trained as an accountant in London from 1988 to 1991.
Atta began to write in 1994 while working in New York. She is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review and have won prizes from Zoetrope and Red Hen Press. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. She is the winner of PEN International’s 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006, her debut novel Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
Her short story collection, Lawless, received the 2009 Noma Award For Publishing in Africa. Lawless is published in the US and UK as News From Home.
Presenting the award to Atta for News From Home, the Noma Award judges noted,
“This collection of short stories and a novella represent the work of a first class writer. The gripping stories of the Nigerian quotidian are of consistently high quality and uniformly outstanding. The writer has an immense gift of language and mastery of narrative in which she redefines the Nigerian social imaginary.”
Atta lives in Mississippi with her husband Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, a medical doctor, and their daughter, Temi.
Source: Sefi Atta’s website
Author’s Website: http://www.sefiatta.com/index.html
Selected Books by Sefi Atta
- Everything Good Will Come (2004)
- News From Home (2009)
- Swallow (2010)