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Chibundu Onuzo was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. After receiving a first in History from King’s College, London in July 2012, she is currently doing an MA in Public Policy at UCL. Having written The Spider King’s Daughter at the age of 18, she is the youngest woman to be offered a two-book deal with Faber and Faber. When not writing, Chibundu can be found playing the piano or singing.
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February 2013 Debut of the Month. Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2013. Set in present day Lagos, this teenage romance between an unusually sophisticated street hawker and the daughter of a corrupt, hugely influential businessman erupts into tragedy as the author shows the casual lack of care for anyone unfortunate enough to be poor or to "get in the way". The subject is intriguing, the lovers an African Romeo and Juliet, and the background, contrasting poverty and immense wealth, beautifully portrayed. An interesting debut. Featured in Episode 6 of the LoveReading Podcast Head to our 'Black Lit Matters' list to find more must-read novels by black writers.
Shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2018Five runaways ride the bus from Bayelsa to a better life in a megacity.They are unlikely allies -- a private, a housewife, an officer, a militant and a young girl. They share a need for escape and a dream for the future. Soon, they will also share a burden none of them expected, but for now, the five sit quietly with their hopes, as the billboards fly past and shout: Welcome to Lagos.