Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and novelist
Born: March 15,1959, Minna, Nigeria
Profession : Poet and novelist
Early life : His early childhood was spent in London, until 1968, when his family returned in Nigeria. Okri later went back to England, embarking on studies at the University of Essex. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Westminster (1997) and the University of Essex (2002).
Books: The Famished Road (1991) ; The Freedom Artist (2019); Song of Enchantment (1993); Astonishing the Gods (1995)... 30+ more
Awards received : Booker Prize, Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, Guardian Fiction Prize
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.
Don't despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret.
The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.
Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions, and has been compared favorably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez.