One of the brightest young stars in a long line of illustrious Nigerian writers and poets, Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991, the youngest of four children. The youngest ever female writer ever to sign to Faber and Faber (at the age of just 19), her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published this January. It tells the story of an unlikely handful of the thousands of people each week who move from the country to the city of Lagos in search of making a new start.
She is also currently completing a PhD in history at King’s College London. When she’s not writing or studying, Chibundu can be found playing the piano or singing.