Ben Okri

Novelist, poet and short story writer

A man with dark skin tone standing outdoors with hands on hips and smiling at the camera Ben Okri, by Mark Gerson, 1995, NPG x88223, © Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

Nigerian novelist, poet and short story writer. Winner of the 1991 Booker Prize for The Famished Road, poetry collections include An African Elegy and Wild.

The ocean is full of songs.
The sky is not an enemy.

From ‘African Elegy’ in African Elegy (London: Vintage, 1997)

Human moment.
Making a ritual, a drama, a tear
On eternity.

From ‘Time of be real’ in Mental Fight (London: Rider, 2012)