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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
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Ben Okri OBE FRSL (born 15 March 1959) is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions, and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez .

Born 15 March 1959 (age 60) Minna , Nigeria

Occupation Writer

Genre Fiction, essays, poetry

Literary movement Postmodernism, Postcolonialism

Notable works The Famished Road , A Way of Being Free , Starbook, A Time for New Dreams

Notable awards Man Booker Prize

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Ben Okri (nigerian Poet And Novelist) - BiographyBen Okri (nigerian Poet And Novelist) - Biography

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Biography

Ben Okri is a member of the Urhobo
people ; his father was Urhobo, and his
mother was half- Igbo .[1] He was born in
Minna in west central Nigeria to Grace and
Silver Okri in 1959. His father, Silver,
moved his family to London when Okri was
less than two years old so that Silver
could study law. Okri thus spent his
earliest years in London and attended
primary school in Peckham. In 1968
Silver moved his family back to Nigeria
where he practised law in Lagos , providing
free or discounted services for those who
could not afford it. His exposure to the
Nigerian civil war and a culture in which
his peers at the time claimed to have seen
visions of spirits, later provided
inspiration for Okri's fiction.

At the age of 14, after being rejected for
admission to a short university program in
physics because of his youth and lack of
qualifications, Okri experienced a revelation
that poetry was his chosen calling. [8] He
began writing articles on social and political
issues, but these never found a publisher.

He then wrote short stories based on those
articles, and some were published in
women's journals and evening papers.

Okri claimed that his criticism of the
government in some of this early work led
to his name being placed on a death list,
and necessitated his departure from the
country. In 1978, Okri moved back to
England and went to study comparative
literature at Essex University with a grant
from the Nigerian government.

When
funding for his scholarship fell through,
however, Okri found himself homeless,
sometimes living in parks and sometimes
with friends. He describes this period as
"very, very important" to his work: "I wrote
and wrote in that period... If anything [the
desire to write] actually intensified."

Okri's success as a writer began when he
published his first novel Flowers and
Shadows , at the age of 21. He then
served West Africa magazine as poetry
editor from 1983 to 1986, and was a
regular contributor to the BBC World
Service between 1983 and 1985, continuing
to publish throughout this period.
For three years from 1988, he lived in a
Notting Hill flat (rented from publisher
friend Margaret Busby): "I brought the first
draft of The Famished Road with me and
that flat was where I began rewriting it....
Something about my writing changed round
about that time. I acquired a kind of
tranquillity. I had been striving for
something in my tone of voice as a writer —
it was there that it finally came together....
That flat is also where I wrote the short
stories that became Stars of the New
Curfew."

His reputation as an author was secured
when his novel The Famished Road won the
Booker Prize for Fiction in 1991,
making him the youngest ever winner of the
prize.

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Since he published his first novel, Flowers
and Shadows (1980), Okri has risen to an
international acclaim, and he often is
described as one of Africa's leading
writers. His best known work, The
Famished Road , which was awarded the
1991 Booker Prize , along with Songs of
Enchantment and Infinite Riches make up a
trilogy that follows the life of Azaro, a
spirit-child narrator, through the social and
political turmoil of an African nation
reminiscent of Okri's remembrance of war-
torn Nigeria.

Okri's work is particularly difficult to
categorise. Although it has been widely
categorised as post-modern , [12] some
scholars have noted that the seeming
realism with which he depicts the spirit-
world challenges this categorisation. If Okri
does attribute reality to a spiritual world, it
is claimed, then his "allegiances are not
postmodern [because] he still believes that
there is something ahistorical or
transcendental conferring legitimacy on
some, and not other, truth-claims."

Alternative characterisations of Okri's work suggest an allegiance to Yoruba folklore, New Ageism, spiritual realism,
magical realism, visionary
materialism, and existentialism.

Against these analyses, Okri has always
rejected the categorisation of his work as
magical realism, claiming that this
categorisation is the result of laziness on
the part of critics and likening this
categorisation to the observation that "a
horse ... has four legs and a tail. That
doesn't describe it." [3] He has instead
described his fiction as obeying a kind of
"dream logic," and stated that his fiction
often is preoccupied with the "philosophical
conundrum ... what is reality?" [8] insisting
that:

"I grew up in a tradition where there are
simply more dimensions to reality:
legends and myths and ancestors and
spirits and death ... Which brings the
question: what is reality? Everyone's
reality is different. For different
perceptions of reality we need a different
language. We like to think that the world
is rational and precise and exactly how
we see it, but something erupts in our
reality which makes us sense that there's
more to the fabric of life. I'm fascinated
by the mysterious element that runs
through our lives. Everyone is looking
out of the world through their emotion
and history. Nobody has an absolute
reality."

He notes the effect of personal choices,
"Beware of the stories you read or tell;
subtly, at night, beneath the waters of
consciousness, they are altering your
world."

Okri's short fiction has been described as
more realistic and less fantastic than his
novels, but these stories also depict
Africans in communion with spirits, while
his poetry and nonfiction have a more overt
political tone, focusing on the potential of
Africa and the world to overcome the
problems of modernity. [1][18]
Okri was made an honorary vice-president
of the English Centre for the International
PEN and a member of the board of the
Royal National Theatre. [1] On 26 April 2012
Okri was appointed the new vice-president
of the Caine Prize for African Writing,
having been on the advisory committee and
associated with the prize since it was
established 13 years prior.

Influences

Okri has described his work as influenced as
much by the philosophical texts in his
father's book shelves, as it was by
literature, [8] and Okri cites the influence of
both Francis Bacon and Michel de
Montaigne on his A Time for New
Dreams. His literary influences include
Aesop's Fables, Arabian Nights ,
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's
Dream , and Coleridge's "The Rime of the
Ancient Mariner". Okri's 1999 epic poem,
Mental Fight, also is named after a
quotation from the poet William Blake 's
" And did those feet ... ", and critics have
noted the close relationship between Blake
and Okri's poetry.

Okri also was influenced by the oral
tradition of his people, and particularly, his
mother's storytelling: "If my mother wanted
to make a point, she wouldn't correct me,
she'd tell me a story." His first-hand
experiences of civil war in Nigeria are said
to have inspired many of his works.

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Awards and Honours

1987 Commonwealth Writers Prize
(Africa Region, Best Book) – Incidents at
the Shrine

1987 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction – The
Dream Vendor's August

1988 Guardian Fiction Prize – Stars of
the New Curfew (shortlisted)

1991 to 1993 Fellow Commoner in
Creative Arts, Trinity College, Cambridge

1991 Booker Prize – The Famished Road

1993 Chianti Ruffino-Antico Fattore
International Literary Prize – The
Famished Road

1994 Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy) - The
Famished Road

1995 Crystal Award (World Economic
Forum )

1997 Honorary Doctorate of Literature,
awarded by University of Westminster

2000 Premio Palmi (Italy) – Dangerous
Love

2001 Order of the British Empire (OBE)

2002 Honorary Doctorate of Literature,
awarded by University of Essex

2004 Honorary Doctor of Literature,
awarded by University of Exeter

2008 International Literary Award Novi
Sad ( International Novi Sad Literature
Festival, Serbia)

2009 Honorary Doctorate of Utopia,
awarded by Universiteit voor het
Algemeen Belang, Belgium

2010 Honorary Doctorate, awarded by
School of Oriental and African Studies

2010 Honorary Doctorate of Arts,
awarded by the University of
Bedfordshire

2014 Honorary Fellow , Mansfield College,
Oxford

2014 Bad Sex in Fiction Award, Literary
Review [23][24]

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Works

Novels

Flowers and Shadows (Harlow: Longman,
1980)

The Landscapes Within (Harlow:
Longman, 1981)

The Famished Road (London: Jonathan
Cape , 1991)

Songs of Enchantment (London: Jonathan
Cape, 1993)

Astonishing the Gods (London:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1995)

Dangerous Love (London: Weidenfeld &
Nicolson,1996)

Infinite Riches (London: Weidenfeld &
Nicolson, 1998)

In Arcadia (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002)

Starbook (London: Rider Books , 2007)

The Age of Magic (London: Head of Zeus,
2014)

The Freedom Artist (London: Head of
Zeus, 2019)

Poetry, essays and short story collections

Incidents at the Shrine (short stories;
London: Heinemann, 1986)

Stars of the New Curfew (short stories;
London: Secker & Warburg , 1988)

An African Elegy (poetry; London:
Jonathan Cape, 1992)

Birds of Heaven (essays; London: Phoenix
House, 1996)

A Way of Being Free (essays; London:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1997; London:
Phoenix House, 1997)

Mental Fight (poetry: London: Weidenfeld
& Nicolson, 1999; London: Phoenix
House, 1999)

Tales of Freedom (short stories; London:
Rider & Co., 2009)

A Time for New Dreams (essays; London:
Rider & Co., 2011)

Wild (poetry; London: Rider & Co., 2012)

The Mystery Feast: Thoughts on
Storytelling (West Hoathly: Clairview
Books, Ltd., 2015)

The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age, with
paintings by Rosemary Clunie (Apollo/
Head of Zeus, 2017)

Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the many (as
editor; London: Hodder & Stoughton ,
2018)

Film

N - The Madness of Reason (feature film,
directed by Peter Krüger , 2014)

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Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
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Lagos State University
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