The 1980s Lecturer of the Bayero University Kano, Nigeria, Abdulrazak Gurnah, has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” The Tanzanian Novelist, who bagged his Ph.D. in 1982 at the University of Kent, is well known for his famous novel Paradise (1994).

Over the years, Paradise has been shortlisted for different awards, including the Booker and the Whitbread Prize, Desertion (2005) and By the Sea (2001). Also, one of his latest novels, Desertion (2005), has also earned him prestigious awards such as Commonwealth Writers Prize (2006) and The Last Gift (2011). Professor Gurnah is more interested in postcolonial issues and discussions associated with colonialism, especially in Africa (the Caribbean and India). His long list of novels include Memory of Departure (1987), Pilgrims Way (1988), Dottie (1990), Paradise (1994), Admiring Silence (1996), By the Sea (2001), Desertion (2005), The Last Gift (2011), Gravel Heart (2017), and Afterlives (2020).