Ondjaki was born in Luanda (Angola), in 1977. He writes prose, poetry, children's books, short stories, novels, drama and film scripts. He wrote the script of a documentary about his home town “Luanda”called“. Hope the pitanga cherries grow – tales of Luanda”(2006). Some of his books are translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, English and Chinese. Ondjaki won the José Saramago Award in 2013 (Portugal), with his book “Os transparentes”; the FNLIJ Award in 2011 in the category of “Literature in Portuguese Language”, with his book “Uma escuridão bonita” (Pallas, Brasil); the Litterature- Monde Award in 2016 in the category of "Non French Literature", with his book “Os transparentes” (France).