She has done it again, Leslie Nneka Arimah is once again in the news for her literary prowess, our Nigerian Queen constantly making us proud. Leslie Nneka Arimah was born in London in 1983 and grew up in Nigeria after her father moved back to the country for official duties. The star took a liking to stories and as she started bringing her imaginations to life, she quickly became popular for her literary abilities. While Leslie had written several pieces that were printed, her debut novel, What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky was a collection of short stories that are entirely her own. The book was published by Riverhead Books and Tinder Press and it went on to win several publications award including 2017 most anticipated novels as classified by Boston Globe, Nylon, Elle, Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Millions and also the Minneapolis Star Tribune as at the time it was published. It was republished in Nigeria, by Farafina Books, in November 2017. It also won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction, and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. In January 2018, it was shortlisted for the 9mobile Prize for Literature. Telling stories of different female protagonists who were exposed to a cruel world and had to break boundaries and also realize they were not meant to fit in that world, Leslie shook many deeply with her unique story.
She recently won the 2019 Caine Prize for her short story “Skinned” which was published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 53) in 2018. This together with her Commonwealth short story prize sealed her place as a literary star. Leslie Nneka Arimah has been described by the New York Times as “a witty, oblique and mischievous storyteller” and true to these words, Leslie Arimah Nneka is not just an amazing wordsmith, a literary world star, she is a class act and our very own Woman Crush for today. Photo Credit: KOKO TV NG