Uwem Akpan was born in Ikot Akpan Eda in southern
Nigeria. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003
and received his MFA in creative writing from the
University of Michigan in 2006.
He started writing fiction during his seminary days, at night when the community computers were free but he lost much of his work to viruses. Eventually, a friend gave him a laptop which, in his own words, 'saved me from the despair of losing my stories and made me begin to see God again in the seminary.'
"My Parents' Bedroom", a story included in this, his first book, was one of five short stories by African writers chosen as finalists for The Caine Prize for African Writing. In 2007, he began a teaching assignment at a seminary in Harare, Zimbabwe.
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