Sefi Atta

Mark Whiddon

Sefi Atta was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in England and the United States. She qualified as a chartered accountant in England and as a CPA in the United States. In 2001, she graduated with an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Meridian, Mississippi.

Sefi is the author of Everything Good Will Come, Swallow, News from Home and A Bit of Difference. Her short stories have appeared in journals such as Los Angeles Review, Mississippi Review and World Literature Today. They have won prizes from the Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, and have been finalists for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award and the Caine Prize for African Literature. In 2004, Sefi was awarded PEN International’s David TK Wong Prize, in 2006, the Wole Soyinka Prize for Publishing in Africa, and in 2009, the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

Also a playwright, Sefi’s radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC and her stage plays have been performed internationally. Her latest theatre credits include her stage plays An Ordinary Legacy, MUSON Festival, Lagos, 2012; The Naming Ceremony (one-act), Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, 2012; and Hagel auf Zamfara (one-act), Theatre Krefeld, Krefeld, Germany, 2011.



Public Contact: sefiatta@yahoo.com
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