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Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma was born in Nigeria. A recipient of Hopwood awards in fiction and poetry, his works have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and Transition. His debut novel, The Fishermen, was published in April 2015 by Little, Brown, and is being published in twelve other countries. 


The Road to the Country

May 14, 2015 | Poetry

To get to the country, make sure your car is in good shape.
You must fill your tank with gas and carry more in a cask.
Take enough food, medicine, clothes, water, a mat, and a blanket.

Fishermen [private]

Summer 2011 | Fiction

We were fishermen.

Father first called us so after he whipped us sore for fishing at the Ala stream in the summer of May 1995. Earlier that year, the bank had transferred him from our hometown of Akure to Yola, a volatile and violence-prone city in the north of Nigeria. Father wouldn't move us with him so he lived apart and visited only once in two weeks, always coming at midnight on Fridays and disappearing at dawn on Sundays. Each time he returned, mother would detail how the house had fared in his absence—a breakdown of home needs and how they were met, of whom she had borrowed from, of our school reports, of the church, of street happenings (like the thief lynched by the mob, his horrifying scream as the fire engulfed him). She remembered everything, and we often joked that if she'd been schooled, she would have made a great historian.