Biography Of Chika Unigwe

Chika Nina Unigwe  is a Nigerian-born, Igbo author who writes in English and Dutch. In April 2014 she was selected for the Hay Festival’s Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature. Previously based in Belgium, she now lives in the United States.

NAME: Chika Nina Unigwe

DATE OF BIRTH: 12 June 1974

PLACE OF BIRTH: Enugu, Nigeria


EDUCATION: University of Leiden


PUBLICATIONS: Tear Drops, Enugu: Richardson Publishers, 1993.
Born in Nigeria, Enugu: Onyx Publishers, 1995.
A Rainbow for Dinner. Oxford: Macmillan, 2002. ISBN 978-0-333-95588-8
In the Shadow of Ala; Igbo women’s writing as an act of righting. Dissertation, Leiden University, 2004.
Thinking of Angel, 2005.
Dreams, 2004.
The Phoenix. Lagos: Farafina Publishers, 2007. ISBN 978-978-48013-6-2
On Black Sisters’ Street (translation of Fata Morgana). London: Jonathan Cape, 2009. ISBN 978-0-224-08530-4
Night Dancer. London: Jonathan Cape, 2012. ISBN 978-0-224-09383-5
Black Messiah (2014)
Zwart, Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2018. A collection of stories and essays in Dutch, collected and edited by Vamba Sherif and Ebissé Rouw. ISBN 978-90-254-5154-7. Contains a story by Unigwe: Anekdotes om rond de tafel te vertellen.

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