Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Ph.D from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 2003, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African fiction. In 2004, she won the BBC Short story Competition and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition award. In 2008, she was the UNESCO Contributors’ Aschberg fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Centre and in 2009 she was a Rockefeller Foundation fellow at the Bellagio Centre.

Her fiction has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and has been broadcast on several radio stations. She is author of On Black Sisters Street (2011, Random House NY); Nightdancer (2012, Jonathan Cape, London) and is also the author of two children’s books published by Macmillan, London.

Chika Unigwe lives in Turnhout, Belgium.