Odafe Atogun was born in Nigeria, in the town of Lokoja, where the Rivers Niger and Benue meet, but hails from Edo State. He studied Journalism at the Times Journalism Institute, Lagos and is now a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Abuja.
World rights to Atogun’s first novel, Taduno’s Song, have been acquired by Canongate and sold in the United States, Germany and Turkey.
Odafe Atogun’s new novel, Wake Me When I’m Gone will be published in 2017.
Praise for Taduno’s Song:
Burning with magic and loss, exile and return, beauty and heartache, Taduno’s Song is a colossal epic, disguised as a small novel.’, Marlon James, author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS.
‘A heartfelt and imaginative story told with sincerity and compassion’ Pettina Gappah, author of THE BOOK OF MEMORY.
‘This quiet novel is an original. It is as if Odafe Atogun has plunged into the depths of the sea of Nigeria’s history and returned with a leviathan, and invited us to see – and be amused, troubled, scared, and even angry. And we cannot help but look’ Chigozie Obioma, author of THE FISHERMEN