Sefi Atta was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in England and the United States. Sefi qualified as a chartered accountant in England and as a CPA in the United States. In 2001, she graduated with a MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Mississippi. Sefi is the author of Everything Good Will Come, Swallow and News from Home. Her short stories have appeared in journals including Los Angeles Review, Mississippi Review, and World Literature Today. They have won prizes from the Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, and have been finalists for Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award and the Caine Prize for African Literature. In 2004, Sefi was awarded PEN International's David TK Wong Prize, in 2006, the Wole Soyinka Prize for Publishing in Africa, and in 2009, the NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa. Also a playwright, Sefi's radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. In 2011, her stage play The Cost of Living premiered at the Lagos Heritage Festival, and her stage play Hagel auf Zamfara premiered at Theatre Krefeld in Germany. A Bit of Difference is her latest novel.