I was born under a
palm-wine tree in Ikot Akpan Eda in Ikot Ekpene Diocese in Nigeria.
I studied philosophy and English at Creighton and Gonzaga
universities and theology at the Catholic University of Eastern
Africa. I have taught English and Literature in English in Nigerian
Also, I have lived and worked with lepers, played the banjo, and served as a DJ of classical music. I have worked with street kids in Tanzania and volunteered in Chicago's Cabrini Green.
I was inspired to write by the people who sit around my village church to share palm wine after Sunday Mass, by the Bible, and by the humour and endurance of the poor. My grandfather was one of those who brought the Catholic Chur