Selected Publications and Projects
An Orchestra of Minorities. Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
The Fishermen: A Novel. Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Short Fiction and Non-fiction
“Spiders in the House of Men.” Esquire UK, January/February 2020.
“Strange Story of the World.” Granta Online, December 2019.
“Midnight Sun.” NewStatesman, 2016.
“The Great Convert.” Transition Magazine Issue 114, 2014.
“The Desire To Unlearn A Foreign Language”: Paris Review Daily (2019)
“Finding The Light Under The Bushel: How One Writer Came To Love Books.” New York Times, December 2018.
“Life-Saving Optimism: What the West Can Learn From Africa.” The Guardian, July 2018.
“Africa Has Been Failed By Westernisation.” The Guardian, November 2017.
“Èkó ò ní bàjé: The growth of Lagos City.” The Guardian, February 2016.
“Ghosts of My Student Years in Northern Cyprus.” The Guardian, January 2016.
“Teethmarks: The Translator's Dilemma.” Poets and Writers, January/February 2016.
“Audacity of Prose.” The Millions, June 2015.
Awards and Honors
2x Booker Prize for Fiction - Shortlist
The NAACP Awards for Debut Book - Winner
The Inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Awards - Winner
Internationaler Literaturpreis – Winner
Man Booker Prize for Fiction - Finalist
The Guardian First Book Award - Finalist
Center for Fiction First Novel Prize - Finalist
Edinburgh Festival First Book Award - Shortlist
The International Dylan Thomas Prize - Longlist
Named one of FP's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015
Summary of Teaching Philosophy
I teach creative writing courses with an eye towards discovering the aesthetic goals of the writer and helping students better master those goals. I stake the presupposition that the best fiction is produced when plot becomes a function of character, and thus direct them to focus on characters first and that once this is achieved, everything else—structure, political commentaries, plot, language, themes—falls into place. To facilitate this goal, I base the courses on the method that best helped my own development as a writer, a method predicated on the principle: Read a hundred books, write one.
UNL Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Students (2019)
Courses Regularly Taught
Advanced Fiction Writing: Conceptual Fiction
The Short Story
Graduate Fiction Writing Workshop
Introduction to African Literature