Uwem Akpan

Uwem Akpan is a Nigerian author known for his short story collection 'Say You're One of Them' (2008), which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region) and was selected for Oprah's Book Club. The collection consists of five stories that depict the lives of children in various African countries facing challenging circumstances. Akpan's writing is notable for its empathetic portrayal of difficult subjects. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and has been praised for his unique perspective and powerful storytelling.


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  1. 1. Say You’re One of Them

    "Say You're One of Them" is a collection of five stories, each set in a different African country, that provides a heart-wrenching look into the lives of children trying to survive in the face of unimaginable hardship. The stories deal with issues such as child trafficking, religious conflict, and poverty, presenting the harsh realities of life in Africa through the innocent eyes of children. The book is a powerful exploration of the resilience and hope of these children in the face of adversity.

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