Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. A poet and a novelist, Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post- colonial traditions. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first-hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for his fiction, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. Okri won the Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road (1991). In 2019, Astonishing the Gods was named as one of the BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’.