Sefi Atta

Nigerian author and playwright

Sefi Atta (born January 1964) is a prize-winning Nigerian-American novelist, short-story writer, playwright and screenwriter.

Sefi Atta 2021


  • "I don't have much of an imagination, but I have a mind bank of details, which I play with. It's how I daydream, so writing like that is natural for me."
  • "People don’t fear the wind until it fells a tree. Then, they say it’s too much."
    • Sefi Atta (2012). “Everything Good Will Come”, p.73, Interlink Publishing
  • "You don't need attention to write. All you need is passion for your work and an overwhelming desire to tell a story you genuinely care about. Readers can sense your sincerity and it separates you from pretenders."
  • “I never wanted to be a writer; I just had stories I needed to tell.”
  • “She drinks her Eva water. Their parents were taken down by cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Respectable diseases”.
    • [4] in her book a bit of difference.
  • “Most of the children were shoeless and you were confronted with the dilemma that, no matter how much money you had and no matter where you could escape to overseas, you could not save yourself from your own country.”
    • [5]p. 134, Madness i the Family.

Everything Good Will Come (2005)Edit

  • "Cooking was a skill, I thought; an art form. In our country, we appreciated the end result, but not the craft, perhaps because we didn’t have fancy names. Paring was “cut it.” Julienne was “cut it well.” Chopping was “cut it well well,” and so on till you had puree, which would probably be “mash it.” And, if anyone was measuring any ingredient in a kitchen, it meant that they really didn’t know what they were doing."

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