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Chika Unigwe


Nigeria

Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, having completed a thesis entitled "In the shadow of Ala. Igbo women writing as an act of righting" in 2004.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Novels
   On Black Sisters' Street (2009)
   Night Dancer (2012)
   The Middle Daughter (2023)
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Chika Unigwe recommends
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Everything is Not Enough (2023)
Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström
"Compulsively readable, Everything is Not Enough is a worthy successor to Akerstrom's debut. It was profoundly comforting to see Akerstrom's women wade into their power, claiming their space in a world that gives them very little room to be. Akerstrom is a master at shading the gaps between power and love. This book filled me up like food. Everything about it is absolutely enough."
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Nightbloom (2023)
Peace Adzo Medie
"Medie's remarkable skills are on display here. She explores weighty themes with a deftness of touch, and there is a vitality to her writing that makes us believe she's a credible witness to the lives her characters live."
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A Spell of Good Things (2023)
Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
"Adebayo's mesmerizing prose is suffused with heart and sharp emotions. Every page of this book was a pleasure to read. Even the hard parts. A Spell of Good Things is a triumph of storytelling."

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Books containing stories by Chika Unigwe
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Watchlist (2015)
32 Stories by Persons of Interest
edited by
Bryan Hurt
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Africa39 (2014)
New Writing from Africa south of the Sahara
edited by
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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