Mohammed Naseehu Ali

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Mohammed Naseehu Ali
Ali at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Born 1971
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality Ghanaian
Genre Short story writer, non-fiction

Mohammed Naseehu Ali (born 1971)[1] is a Ghanaian-born writer based in New York City.[1]


Born in Kumasi, Ghana, Ali went to the United States in 1988 to study.[1] He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Bennington College.

His first book, a collection of short stories titled The Prophet of Zongo Street, was published in 2006 and received positive reviews.[2] Ali has acknowledged being influenced in the writing of this book by V. S. Naipaul's Miguel Street.[1] He has published short stories and non-fiction essays in several publications, including The New Yorker,[3] the New York Times, Mississippi Review, BOMB, Gathering of the Tribes, and Essence. Ali now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  1. ^ a b c d James M. Manheim, "Ali, Mohammed Naseehu", Contemporary Black Biography. 2007.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Schmidt, "'The Prophet of Zongo Street': Coming to America", New York Times, August 14, 2005.
  3. ^ Mohammed Naseehu Ali, "Mallam Sile", The New Yorker, April 11, 2005.

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