Nigerian writer, Chigozie Obioma has been shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The announcement was made today, Tuesday 15 September, by the organizers. He was nominated along side Marlon James (Jamaica), Tom McCarthy (UK), Sunjeev Sahota (UK), Anne Tyler (US), and Hanya Yanagihara (US).
He is the only Nigerian and African on the list. He was nominated for his debut novel, The Fishermen.
The six nominees were announced by Chair of judges, Michael Wood, at a press conference at the offices of sponsor, Man Group.
The judges remarked on the variety of writing styles, cultural heritage and literary backgrounds of the writers on the shortlist, which includes new authors alongside established names.
At 28, Chigozie Obioma is the youngest of this year’s shortlisted authors, the same age as 2013 winner Eleanor Catton.
The 2015 winner will be announced on Tuesday 13 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner and broadcast by BBC.
Chigozie joins Ben Okri, the prize’s 1991 winner for the book “Famished Road”, as the Nigerian writers to be ever shortlisted.
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