Ben Okri

Ben Okri

Ben Okri was born 1959 in Minna, Nigeria, and is a writer, essayist, playwright and poet. He spent his childhood between London and Lagos. He studied literature at the University of Essex in Colchester. His works have been translated into 26 languages. Okri has won the Booker Prize in 1991 for his novel "The Famished Road" and was awarded the Order of Officer of the British Empire for his literary merits. His latest books, "The Freedom Artist" (Head of Zeus, London) and "Prayer for the Living" (Head of Zeus, London) were published in 2019. Okri lives in London.

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Articles by this author

Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

“The Truest Form of Transportation”

To travel you don’t have to walk, drive or fly says the author Ben Okri. Sometimes it is enough to just open a book.  A conversation about fictional journeys.


A story goes around the world (Issue III/2020)

A story goes around the world (chapter 8 of 8)

During the lockdown we asked eight international authors to write a story together. Chapter 8.


Are we running out of water? (Issue III/2022)

Thirst, Knowledge and Love

Three new works of short fiction