Nigerian Author Uwem Akpan is humbled by Oprahโ€™s bookclub pick

Uwem Akpan
Uwem Akpan- Say You're One Of Them
Uwem Akpan โ€“ Say Youโ€™re One Of Them โ€“ Image Credit: Amazon

Jesuit Priest and Uwem Akpan, told Reuters he was โ€œhumbledโ€ that his debut collection of short stories was chosen by influential U.S. talk show host Winfrey for her .
Oprah picked โ€œโ€ as her 63rd book club selection, the first time she has chosen a book of short stories, saying these stories โ€œleft me stunned and profoundly moved.โ€

Oprahโ€™s book club is the biggest in the world with almost two million online members and books chosen for Oprahโ€™s book club invariably skyrocket to the top of the U.S. bestseller lists.

Uwem Akpan studied philosophy and English at Creighton and Gonzaga universities then studied theology for three years at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and received his masterโ€™s degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006.

His story collection was first published last year by Little Brown & Co, which is part of the Hachette Book Group that is owned by French publishing company Largardere.

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