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.
Akpan says he drew his inspiration to write from “the people who sit around my village church to share palm wine after Sunday Mass, the Bible, and the humor and endurance of the poor”
Born in 1971 in Nigeria, Akpan grew up in the southern part of the country. At age 19, he joined the Jesuit order and became a priest in 2003. He started writing during his free time, while attending the Jesuit seminary.
He studied theology at Creighton University, and holds an M.F.A degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.
Since the release of his first book in 2008, the writer has remained true to his roots, choosing to work and maintain his links to his calling as a priest, and continuing to work in Africa. He has served in Zimbabwe, and in his home country, Nigeria
Sources: Wikipedia, Author’s Website, Publisher’s Website, New York Times, New Yorker Magazine
Author’s Website: http://www.uwemakpan.com/index.htm
Publisher’s Website: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors_Uwem-Akpan-(1078840).htm
Selected Books by Uwem Akpan
Say You’re One of Them (2008)