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Christopher “Chris” Abani (December 27, 1966) is a Nigerian-American writer. Become part of a new generation of Nigerian writers who work to convey to an English-speaking audience the experience of those born and raised in Nigeria.
Abani was born in Afikpo, Nigeria. His father was a school teacher of the Igbo nation, and his mother descended from English.
In 1985, at the age of 16, he published his first novel, Masters of the Board. It was a political thriller, the plot was based on a coup that took place in Nigeria. He was imprisoned for six months as a suspect in an attempt to overthrow the government. After leaving prison he continued writing, but was again imprisoned for a year after publishing the novel Sirocco in 1987. When he was released, he composed several plays against the government that were put on the street for two years near the government offices. He was imprisoned for the third time and was sentenced to death. Luckily in 1991 his friends managed to buy his freedom by outlawing the guards, and immediately Abani traveled to the United Kingdom, where he lived until 1999. Then he moved to the United States, where he lives today.
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