Say you're one of them, a book I am still searching for, has just been chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club.
This is great news, particularly as the sales of the book will sky rocket. Nigeria will also instantly claim him.
" He is our son" our leaders will be quick to say, in the same way that they cling to Obama, forgetting that he received little or no recognition from here.
Even after Akpan won the commonwealth writers prize earlier this year, very little if any coverage was given to him.
It is the first collection of short stories Oprah has ever chosen and she says each of the stories left her gasping.
Congratulations to Father Uwem Akpan for a well deserved recognition and Congratulations to Oprah as well for choosing this great Nigerian talent.