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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Celebrating our Young Authors

Chibundu Onuzo, a 19-year-old Nigerian undergraduate at the King’s College London made the headlines, after signing a two-novel deal with revered British publisher of literary fiction, Faber & Faber, making her its youngest ever female author. She started writing The Spider King’s Daughter when she was 17, got an agent at 18, signed with Faber at 19, finished editing while 20and got published at 21.

Her writing inspiration came from authors like Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chibundu grew up in lagos,  loved going to her maternal grandfather’s house in Isale Eko. He died before she was born but he left in his house, shelves and shelves of books. Every time she visited she would go to these shelves and rummage through them. Most of what she gathered was old and musty but as she said "...books are more than the paper they are printed on and I gained many classics from this foraging of Baba’s shelves..."

when asked about nigeria national security issues she said ..."I want the economic inequalities that have fuelled this insurgency to be addressed and I want Muslims and Christians to present a united front against this menace..."
I celebrate your accomplishment chibundu, though you are a British citizen, you still acknowledge and celebrate your country of origin and that i am proud of.

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