Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria.
His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a Fall 2012 OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he has completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and is now assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Fishermen is his first novel, and is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.