Accolades

 

Below is a selection of accolades for her work

A liberatingly odd, seductive and fearless talent.
— Laline Paull, author of The Bees, shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.
A wonderful, richly drawn novel, cleverly juxtaposing scenes from everyday London with African folklore and mysticism.
— Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat.
Surreal, brave, ambitious, extraordinary.
— SUNNY SINGH, JHALAK PRIZE JUDGE.

I am reading "Speak Gigantular by Nigerian born Irenosen Okojie...it is amazing.

— Binyavanga Wainaina (@BinyavangaW) 18 March 2017

— BINYAVANGA WAINAINA.
An original and highly unpredictable imagination. In a single sentence, Irenosen Okojie can whip the rug from under your feet. She’s that rare and admirable thing-a writer who is also a risk taker. Prepare to be startled.
— Rupert Thomson, author of The Insult, David Bowie's 100 Must Read Books.
Speak Gigantular is a work of rare confidence, luminous imagery and full of hidden sharp edges. There are few things that bring greater joy in reading than coming upon a talent so delightful, so penetrating, so scandalous. Okojie’s stories are magical in all the most interesting senses of that word: devious, enthralling, unexpected.
— Nina Allen, winner of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.
One of the most original and innovative writers to emerge in many a year.
— Alex Wheatle, winner of The Guardian Children's Prize for Fiction.
Okojie has a sharp eye for the twisting stories of the city, and a turn of phrase that switches from elegance to brutality in a single line. Lovely stuff.
— Stella Duffy, author of Calendar Girl and The Room of Lost Things.
From sentence to sentence, Okojie conjures up acutely observed, beautifully worded metaphors that resonate and delight.
— Yvvette Edwards, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Okojie delves into the painful, the unsayable, the unknowable. Her prose is precise and illuminating.
— Bernardine Evaristo, The Guardian.
I like her writing for the risk, for the heart, for the imagination.
— Ben OKRI, winner of the BOOKER Prize, LONDON SHORT STORY FESTIVAL.
 
 
 
Vivid, vital, witty, truthful.
— MAGGIE GEE, THE OBSERVER
Seriously unique and imaginative.
— DIANA EVANS, WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE
Okojie is a remarkable writer, she writes from multiple viewpoints with ease. Speak Gigantular is as startling and accomplished a range of narratives I have seen since David Mitchell’s ‘Ghostwritten’.
— Musa Okwonga