Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria, in 1959, the son of Silver Oghekeneshineke Loloje Okri and Grace Okri, both of the Urhobo ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria. His father was an executive officer with the Nigerian Post and Telecommunications. After finishing his secondary education in 1972, three months before his fourteenth birthday, Okri moved to Lagos. He is the first Nigerian writer to have won the Booker McConnell Prize and the first to have chosen self-expatriation; he settled in London, England. He has been poetry editor of the magazine West Africa and a broadcaster for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).