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Oprah Winfrey’s Latest Book Club Pick Goes To…

September 26, 2009

…Nigerian writer Uwem Akpan’s novel Say You’re One of Them! The collection of short stories automatically became Oprah’s 63rd book selection in her much talked about self-titled Book Club. Congrats to Uwem Akpan!


Written in a Nigerian child’s perspective, Say You’re One of Them takes the reader on a vivid journey of survival amidst violence and poverty while growing up.

Uwem has said he’s very humble by being Oprah’s pick and he also research his story thoroughly. Oprah’s latest book club selection made history by being the first novel written by a Nigerian author!

The debate now is that the author echoed Western’s beliefs and stereotypes of the African society. I can understand that argument but why not in the same breathe applaud the fact that Oprah provided a platform for Nigerian literature to mainstream America??? Perhaps now Dr. Ben Igwe’s riveting tale, Against The Odds, may become a contender for her 64th selection???

Quick Facts on Uwem Akpan via OPRAH.COM

  • Born in Ikot Akpan Eda in Ikot Ekpene Diocese in southern Nigeria.
  • Gain his MFA in creative writing from University of Michigan
  • Ordained a Jesuit Priest in 2003
  • Currently the active Jesuit Priest for Christ the King Church in Llasamaja-Lagos, Nigeria
  • Angelique Kidjo wrote the song Agbalagba inspired by the novel

For those who have yet to pick up a copy you can catch up online exclusively at OPRAH.COM! [WATCH OPRAH’S VIDEO BLOG ON THE BOOK HERE!]



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