Uzodinma Iweala

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Uzodinma Iweala during a public reading at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 10/17/2008

Uzodinma Iweala (born November 5, 1982) is an American author and medical doctor of Nigerian descent.[1] His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work (in creative writing) at Harvard. It depicts a child soldier in an unnamed African country. The book, published in 2005 and adapted as an award-winning film in 2015, was mentioned by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times,[2] and Rolling Stone.

Family and education[edit]

The son of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Iweala attended St. Albans School in Washington D.C. and later Harvard College, from which he graduated with an A.B., magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language, in 2004.[3] While at Harvard, Iweala earned the Hoopes Prize and Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis, 2004; Eager Prize for Best Undergraduate Short Story, 2003; and the Horman Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing, 2003.[3] He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011[4] and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.[5]

Writing awards[edit]

In 2006, he won the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine's 20 best young American novelists.[6]


  1. ^ "Uzodinma Iweala | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University". Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  2. ^ "The Sunday Times". 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Barnes & - Uzodinma Iweala - Books: Meet the Writers". 1 September 2007.
  4. ^ Franklin, Marcus (February 11, 2007). "Young Author Iweala Set for Med School". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Uzodinma Iweala | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University". Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  6. ^ "Uzodinma Iweala - Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2". 30 April 2007.

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