Binyavanga Wainaina debut novel, ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’, recently made the 2011 summer reading list of Oprah’s Book Club. Entry into Oprah’s influential list has been known to mark a turning point in people’s careers, a phenomenon that some have over the year’s dubbed as “The Oprah Effect.”
Wainaina is founding editor of ‘Kwani?’ a literary magazine in East Africa and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 for his story, ‘Discovering Home’.
Nigerian author, Uwem Akpan’s book made Oprah’s Book Club list in 2009. His book soon became a New York Times Best Seller.