He was a political prisoner in Nigeria at various times during 1985 and 1991. At times he was held in solitary confinement and he was held on death row for some time after being sentenced to death for treason.
He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the 2001 Prince Claus Awards, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Selections of his poetry appear in the online journal Blackbird.
West Coast kinfolk: in Los Angeles, Chris Abani and Kamau Daaood stand out as strong limbs on the family tree of literature.(poetic license)
May 01, 2005; Some in the creative family would have you think Los Angeles writers are not serious because we craft in the shadow of a neon...
NIGERIAN WRITER CHRIS ABANI NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY'S 2007 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION
Oct 23, 2006; Syracuse University issued the following press release: Chris Abani, an award-winning writer who as a teenager in Nigeria was...