Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Okey Ndibe was born in Yola, Nigeria, in 1960. After a career as a magazine editor in Nigeria, he moved to the US to be the founding editor of African Commentary, an award-winning magazine published by the Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe. A visiting writer-in-residence and assistant professor of English at Connecticut College, Ndibe has contributed poems to An Anthology of New West African Poets, edited by the Gambian poet, Tijan Sallah.
He has also published essays in a number of North American, British and Nigerian magazines and writes a weekly column for the Guardian, Nigeria’s most respected daily newspaper. Arrows of Rain is his first novel. With it, he says: ‘I felt I was grappling with an important human drama that just happened to be set in Africa... I wrote it while I was out of Nigeria. It would have been a different book if I had written it while in the country more angry, less meditative.’