By Toby Prince
Uzodinma Iweala, son of Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has just had his profile rise to another level.
His book Speak No Evil has been picked by Library Journal, an American trade publication for librarians, as one of the best fiction books of the year.
Mrs Okonjo-Iweala posted via her Twitter handle on Friday of her son’s latest achievement.
Mr Iweala is also a medical doctor.
His debut novel Beasts of No Nation published in 2005 won him several awards.
Adapted as an award-winning film in 2015, Beasts of No Nation received positive reviews by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times and Rolling Stone.
The author attended St. Albans School in Washington D.C. and later Harvard College, from which he graduated with an A.B., magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language in 2004.
While at Harvard, Iweala earned the Hoopes Prize and Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis, 2004; Eager Prize for Best Undergraduate Short Story, 2003; and the Horman Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing, 2003.
He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011 and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.