Born on 27 December 1966, he is a Nigerian- American author, poet and a professor, his father is from igbo land of Afikpo Nigeria while his mother was of English descent. His first novel was published in 1985 at age 19. It was an allegory based on a coup that was carried out in Nigeria just before it was written. He was imprisoned for six months on suspicion of an attempt to overthrow the government. He continued to write after his release frpm jail,but was imprisoned for one year after the publication of his 1987 novel titled SIROCCO.
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