- Category: TOW 2014
Born in Nigeria in 1991, CHIBUNDU ONUZO started writing novels and short stories at the age of 10 and less than a decade later, became the youngest woman ever to be signed by publishers Faber and Faber.
Released in 2012, Onuzo’s debut novel, The Spider King’s Daughter is part of a two-book deal with the publishing house and charts the unlikely relationship that develops between a poor street hawker and a sheltered rich girl who meet on the streets of Lagos.
The Spider King’s Daughter has been widely reviewed. The Times describes it as ‘a dark, tense, gripping first novel, peeling back layers of Nigerian society’, while The Observer calls it ‘an energetic thriller debut’. The Financial Times writes, ‘there are promising flourishes here that catch the eye’ and in other parts of the world, Singapore’s Strait Times describes the book as a ‘deliciously layered tale of corruption, revenge and coming of age.’
The Spider King’s Daughter has been long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and Commonwealth Book Prize and has won a Betty Trask Award. The novel has been translated into Spanish and is due to be published in France and Turkey this year.
Onuzo has appeared on CNN, in The Observer and was listed as one of Africa’s top women achievers by The Guardian UK. She writes comment pieces for The Guardian, with a special interest in Nigeria.
Onuzo is a History graduate, currently pursuing her PhD in History at King’s College London. A review of her work by the South Africa Times proclaimed “Kill me dead. This girl has skills.”
The Spider King’s Daughter, Faber and Faber, 2012