Born December 3, 1950 in Kindia, Guinea, Matthew received a first degree at the Sorbonne. He earned a BA in Journalism at the University of the District of Columbia, an MPA at the American University where he is currently an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) candidate.
Matthew knew he would become a writer, "When I read Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu's Twenty-Fifth Hour in Dakar, Senegal as a teenager. Following 4-year stay in Paris, migration in New York in the 1970s my writing vocation suddenly took off when I met lhate Belgian journalist Jacques Danois who asked that I contribute in writing content for The Ends of The Earth radio program aired by UNICEF.
In 1975, Matthew started writing short stories geared to giving faces to statistics depicting socio-economic and cultural conditions affecting developing countries. Ebony Jr. bought some of those pieces; the New York Times published op-ed, An African in Paris--Rhapsody in Black. Belgian newsmagazine Remarque Africaine, Baltimore Sun and Guinea's Horoya subsequently published his short stories between 1975 and 2008.
"My editorial consultant at UNICEF suggested that the piece published in the New York Times sounded like the first chapter of a novel, and that I should write it. I enthusiastically embarked on such a project but was interrupted by issues pertaining to my legal status. I was deported from the United States, leaving behind wife and daughter.
"Writing saved my life during the years outside the United States. Traveling throughout Europe by hitch hiking, train ride and long walks was made fun because I wrote continually. I wrote as if my whole life was at stake, which was actually the case. I continued writing while traveling in Francophone West African states in the 1980s. Early 80s in Conakry, I was writing my diary in this Cafe when the owner suddenly asked me to leave. Why? He didn't want to be associated with a writer under dictator Sekou Toure's paranoid regime.
"Upon returning to the United States I decided to further my education in order to make sense of my extensive worldly experiences. My goal was to write the global novel genre--stories depicting cross-cultural experiences along the line of the work done by novelists such as Nnedi Okorafor, Junot Diaz, Dinaw Mengestu, Mohsin Hamid and Yaa Gyasi."