Uzodinma Iweala is a Nigerian-American author and medical doctor.
His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis 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, and Rolling Stone. He later released a novel titled Speak No Evil, published in 2018, which highlights the life of a gay Nigerian-American boy named Niru.
Uzodinma Iweala is not just a writer, but also a physician. In 2011, he graduated from Columbia University College of Physics and Surgeons and is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
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In 2006, Uzodinma 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.
Uzodinma is the son of The Director-General of The World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala