Booker Prize judge Chigozie Obioma’s ‘When the Risen Dust Settles’ will unsettle the ‘guilty’

Two-time Booker Prize finalist and 2021 Booker Prize judge Chigozie Obioma’s new creative non-fiction published by about his two years at Caritas University, Enugu is a stinging expose that will ruffle feathers, writes OLUKOREDE YISHAU


In March 2019, he sat with this writer in a relatively-crowded first floor of a restaurant in Ogudu GRA in Lagos. At a point in the interaction, he said: “I did Economics in a Nigerian private university in Enugu but it was a complete waste of my time. I left there because I was always protesting and they were going to throw me out.”

The tale was not that simple because it eventually ended with bruises and thorns, an endless dark forest, torn trousers and running for hours through a dangerous and thick jungle. Booker Prize judge Chigozie Obioma has fleshed out the two-year experience in his new work ‘When the Risen Dust Settles’, which lays everything bare.

Obioma had wanted to attend a…

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