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Spotlight on Chibundu Onuzo (HA 2009)

OG Chibundu Onuzo (HA 2009) has just released (Dec 2021) her latest book Sankofa to much acclaim. It has been nominated as an Amazon Book of the Year and as a BBC2 Between the Covers Book Club pick.

Chibundu received the Betty Trask Award for her first book, The Spider Kings and was later elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018, as part of its 40 Under 40 initiative.

With her latest offering, Chibundu has appeared in the current edition of Good Housekeeping magazine and was nominated as one of the finalists in their Futures prize for women's fiction.

To read more about Chibundu and her book, please follow this link to Good Housekeeping online.

"A part of my mind woke up in St Swithuns and it hasn't gone to sleep since. I read Thing's Fall Apart in St Swithun's. It was also in St Swithun's that I began my first published novel, 'The Spider King's Daughter,' which went on to win a Betty Trask Award and be nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. I had wonderful teachers who opened my mind to new ideas. They believed in me and I will always be grateful."

Chibundu Onuzo (PhD) was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and her life so far spans two military dictatorships, one internet revolution, two boarding schools, five grandmothers and a first book deal signed at 19. Onuzo's first novel, The Spider King's Daughter, was published by Faber in 2012 and won the Betty Trask Award, and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize. Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published by Faber in 2017 and shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award. In 2018 Onuzo was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, as part of its 40 Under 40 initiative. "Dolapo is Fine", a short film which Onuzo co-wrote and co-produced, won the 2020 American Black Film Festival’s Annual HBO Short Film Competition and was an official selection for the London Film Festival.

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