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Former Student, Chibundu Onuzo's University Challenge

We were so proud and excited to watch former student, Chibundu Onuzo HA 2009 on University Challenge

Chibundu was representing King’s College, where she completed her PhD in History in 2018 with her thesis “Our Men In Britain: The West African Students’ Union and the Politics of Representation, 1925-1970".

Despite the team from King’s College delivering a convincing victory over City, University of London, there was a delightful and festive atmosphere of camaraderie and fun.

Chibundu is an award winning novelist and was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Her first two novels, The Spider King’s Daughter (2012) and Welcome to Lagos (Catapult 2016) are both set in Lagos, while her third, Sankofa (Virago 2021) explores the story of a mixed-race, middle aged British woman who goes in search of the West African father she never knew.

She was just 17 years old when she began writing The Spider King’s Daughter. Her debut novel won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature.  At the age of 19, she was the youngest female to be signed by publishers Faber and Faber.

Chibundu is also a talented singer, watch her singing 'Coming Home' on BBC Sunday Morning Live

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