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Ben Okri

(1959-), Novelist, poet and short story writer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Nigerian novelist, poet, short story and script writer. Okri was schooled in London as a child but his family returned to Nigeria on the eve of the Nigerian Civil War. The war was to leave a deep mark on Okri's life. After finishing secondary school, and being too young to start university, he read his way through his father's library and began that summer to write. Okri returned to England in 1978 to study at Essex University, graduating with a degree in Comparative Literature. He wrote and published several short stories and novels before he gained recognition for The Famished Road, which won the 1991 Booker Prize and became an international bestseller. He is the recipient of various honorary doctorates. Okri has been a Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was also Visiting Professor of Literature at Leicester University.

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Ben Okri, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x200751

Ben Okri

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, 1994
NPG x200751

Ben Okri, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x200752

Ben Okri

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, 1994
NPG x200752

Ben Okri, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x200753

Ben Okri

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, 1994
NPG x200753

Ben Okri, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88223

Ben Okri

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, 1995
NPG x88223

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