Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Ben Okri

Author of The Famished Road

Includes the names: B. Okri, Ben Okri, Ben Okri -

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
4,404 (6,572)1185,638 (3.67)11
Ben Okri, 1959 - Nigerian novelist, Ben Okri was born in Minna. After his birth, his family moved to England so his father could study law. At the age of seven, his family returned to Nigeria and his father practiced in Lagos. His childhood was influenced by the Nigerian civil war. He was constantly being withdrawn from schools so most of his education was at home. After failing to be placed in a university, Okri began writing articles on social and political issues. Most of them were not published, but he began writing short stories based on these articles and they began finding their way into women's journals and evening papers. In 1978, he moved back to England where he studied comparative literature at Essex University but was forced to leave without a degree because of a lack of funds. He was a poetry editor of West Africa and worked also for the BBC. At nineteen, he finished his first novel "Flowers and Shadows" and it was published in 1980. The story attacked corruption in newly independent Nigeria and tells of a successful businessman whose jealous relatives make his life difficult. Okri's second novel, "The Landscapes Within" (1981), traces the adventures of a young, poor painter in Lagos. This novel was followed by two collections of short stories, "Incidents at the Shrine" (1986), and "Starts of the New Curfew" (1988). Several of the stories tell of the Biafran War from a child's eyes. The novel "The Famished Road" (1991) tells the story of a character who must choose between the pain of mortality and the land of the spirits. Okri's next novel, "Songs of Enchantment" (1993), continued with the mythical and poetical view of the world. "An African Elegy" (1992), is a collection of poems with classical themes. Okri has won several awards, which include the Booker Prize (1991), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa (1987), the Paris Review Aga Khan prize for fiction, the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize, and the Premio Grinzane Cavour. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Famished Road… (more)
The Famished Road 2,302 copies, 38 reviews
Astonishing the Gods 294 copies, 3 reviews
Songs of Enchantment 269 copies, 5 reviews
Dangerous Love 216 copies, 1 review
Infinite Riches 179 copies
Stars of the New Curfew 145 copies, 2 reviews
Starbook 140 copies, 4 reviews
In Arcadia 100 copies, 2 reviews
The Freedom Artist 99 copies, 10 reviews
Incidents at the Shrine 79 copies, 1 review
The Age of Magic 75 copies, 3 reviews
Mental Fight 55 copies, 1 review
A Prayer for the Living 47 copies, 12 reviews

Top members (books)

Member favorites

Members: JorgenHolst, jantiene, private member, SumireCamus, angelrose, Medellia, deebee1, Aberjhani, CelesteM, seraphicgirl, private member

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Disambiguation notice

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Ben Okri's book Prayer for the Living was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Ben Okri's book The Freedom Artist was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Member ratings

Average: (3.67)
0.5 1
1 20
1.5 6
2 66
2.5 20
3 175
3.5 50
4 227
4.5 25
5 176

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Ben Okri is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Ben Okri is composed of 4 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 194,928,737 books! | Top bar: Always visible