Helon Habila


Nationality: Nigerian

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria and is the author of three novels, Oil on Water, Measuring Time, and Waiting for an Angel. Habila’s most current book is The Chibok Girls, a nonfiction account of the Boko Haram kidnappings in Nigeria. His fiction, poems, and short stories have won many honors and awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section), the Virginia Library Foundation’s fiction award, and the Windham-Campbell Prize.

Helon Habila lahir di Nigeria dan adalah pengarang dari tiga buah novel, yaitu Oil on Water, Measuring Time, dan Waiting for an Angel. Karya fiksinya, puisi, dan cerita pendek telah memenangkan banyak penghargaan, termasuk The Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section), Virginia Library Foundation’s Fiction Award, dan The Windham-Campbell Prize.

Appearing In

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Private: Helon Habila: The Chibok Girls

On 15 April, 2014, 267 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila shares the personal stories of some …