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Chika Unigwe

Author of On Black Sisters Street

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Chika Unigwe is geboren in Enugu, Nigeria. Ze woont nu in Turnhout, Belgïe, met haar man en vier kinderen.
Ze licenceerde in Engelse taal en literatuur aan de University of Nigeria, Nsukka, behaalde een post-graduaat aan de KU Leuven en doctoreerde aan de Universiteit van Leiden. Haar proefschrift is getiteld: "In the shadow of Ala. Igbo women writing as an act of righting."

Chika Unigwe schrijft zowel fictie en poezie als educatieve boeken. In 2003 won ze de BBC Short Story Competition met haar kortverhaal, "Borrowed Smile", een Commonwealth Short Story Award met "Weathered Smiles" en een Vlaamse literaire prijs met haar eerste Nederlandstalige kortverhaal, "De Smaak van Sneeuw." In 2004 was ze finaliste voor de Caine Prize met haar kortverhaal "The Secret." In 2005 was ze met "Dreams", een ander kortverhaal, finaliste voor Million Writers Best Online Fiction. Haar "Thinking of Angel" was ook genomineerd voor dezelfde prijs. Met "Confetti, Glitter and Ash" won ze de derde prijs voor de Equiano Prize for Fiction (2005).

Haar kortverhalen zijn op de BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria, en in andere radio stations van het gemenebest uitgezonden.

Haar eerste roman, De Feniks, werd in September 2005 uitgegeven door Meulenhoff / Manteau; het is de eerste roman van een Vlaamse immigrante schrijfster. Het verhaal speelt zich af in Turnhout en behandelt thema's als rouw, ziekte en eenzaamheid. Thema's die Unigwe eerder behandelde in haar kortverhalen.

Haar tweede boek: Fata Morgana is een immigranten verhaal van keuzes en ontworteling. Het speelt zich af in de Antwerpse rosse buurt.
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.

Chika Unigwe is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story "Borrowed Smile", a Commonwealth Short Story Award for "Weathered Smiles" and a Flemish literary prize for "De Smaak van Sneeuw", her first short story written in Dutch. "The Secret", another of her short pieces, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize. She was the recipient of a 2007 Unesco-Aschberg fellowship for creative writing, and of a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing.

Chika Unigwe's stories have been broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria, and other Commonwealth Radio Stations.

Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch by Meulenhoff / Manteau in September 2005; it is the first book of fiction written by a Flemish author of African origin. The story, set in Turnhout, explores themes such as grief, illness and loneliness, subjects already touched upon in Unigwe’s earlier work. By featuring a central character who shares the novelist’s Afro-European background, the narrative also exposes some shortcomings of Belgian society, like its pervasive unwelcoming atmosphere and the superficiality of many of its inhabitants.

Chika Unigwe has recently published her second novel, On Black Sisters' Street (first released in Dutch under the title Fata Morgana), a tale of choices and displacement set against the backdrop of the Antwerp prostitution scene.
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