Ikemba Iweala and Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the director general of the World Trade Organization, welcomed a son named Uzodinma Iweala on November 5, 1982.
Author and medical doctor Uzodinma is of American and Nigerian descent. His first book, Beasts of No Nation, is based on his Harvard thesis. It shows a young soldier in an undisclosed African nation.
Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times, and Rolling Stone all made note of the novel, which was released in 2005 and converted into an honorable film in 2015.
His nonfiction book Our Kind of People, which explores the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria, was published in 2012. In 2018, he published a book called Speak No Evil that emphasizes the lives of Niru, a gay Nigerian-American boy.
Uzodinma graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with an A.B., magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language after attending St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.
He won several awards during his time at Harvard, including the Horman Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2003, the Eager Prize for Best Undergraduate Short Story in 2003, and the Hoopes Prize and Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in 2004.
He earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011 and worked as a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Iweala was designated one of Granta magazine’s 20 best young American novelists in 2007, and he received the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library in 2006.