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Ben Okri features in Glo/CNN African Voices

In line with the philosophy of the Glo/CNN African voices to showcase successful and high-profile personalities who are shaping the African continent, the programme will this weekend feature world acclaimed poet and novelist, Ben Okri.

A statement from the Marketing Communications Department of Globacom said the Nigerian writer will be the star guest on the 30-minute show on Saturday at 9.30 a.m., with repeat broadcasts at 3.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. There will be further repeats at 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Monday, and at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The statement also indicated that a special arrangement has been made to air the edition again at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning in order to give millions of viewers further opportunity to watch the programme.

“In this episode of Glo/CNN African voices, Okri will discuss his approach to writing and take a look at his latest work, A Time for New Dreams,” Globacom stated. Born in  1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father, Ben Okri was raised in the United Kingdom and Nigeria where he discovered a love of literature. He achieved international acclaim in 1991 with the award winning novel, The Famished Road.

Since he published his first novel, Flowers and Shadows in1980, Okri has risen to international acclaim, and he is often described as one of Africa’s greatest writers. His best known work, The Famished Road, was awarded the 1991 Booker Prize. He has also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and was given a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum.

He studied at the University of Essex and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Westminster (1997) and the University of Essex (2002), and was awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Okri is a Vice-President of the English Centre for the International PEN, an association of writers with 130 branches in over 100 countries. He is also a member of the United Kingdom’s Royal National Theatre. He lives in London.

Glo/CNN African Voices had in the past featured several prominent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their different fields. They include Kase Lawal, owner of CAMAC, a global oil company considered to be one of the largest black-owned businesses in the United States; footballers Joseph Yobo and John Utaka; singer, Nneka Egbuna, Managing Director of Oando, Wale Tinubu; General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; and recently Sultan of Sokoto, Muahammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

“We are delighted to bring to viewers this great Nigerian ambassador, an outstanding writer with a rare ability to draw his readers into his world with vivid descriptions,” Globacom said


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