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 physician 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 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 is currently 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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