This month, we interview Nigerian author, Helon Habila, who recently won the 2015 Windham-Campbell prize for fiction. Habila is both a poet and prose writer. He has won several important poem writing competitions, including the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) national poetry award for his poem “Another Age” in 2000 and 2001. His short story, Love Poems, won the 2001 Caine Prize for African Writing, while his novel, Waiting for an Angel received the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region.
Habila is also the author of Oil on Water (2011) and Measuring Time (2007) and Waiting for an Angel (2002). In addition, he has edited several anthologies, including the British Council’s New Writing (2005) and The Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011).
Tell us about your childhood. Where did you grow up?