All you need is paper, a pen and a door that you can lock. We need those writers who realise that freedom and use it with great responsibility.

In 1991, the youngest writer to win the Booker Prize, for his epic novel The Famished Road, Ben Okri was heralded as the literary ‘spirit-child’ of Nigeria. Born in 1959 in Minna, Northern Nigeria, he spent his early years in London, returning to Nigeria with his family in 1967.

Okri’s early fiction is haunted by the political violence that he witnessed during the civil war in Nigeria. Returning to England to read Literature at the University of Essex, ...


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