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Sankofa: 'A fantastic novel about a woman's search for her identity' SEFI ATTA

Chibundu Onuzo

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A funny, gripping and surprising story of a mixed-race British woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by award-winning author Chibundu Onuzo.

Anna grew up in England with her white mother and knowing very little about her African father. In middle age, after separating from her husband and with her daughter all grown up, she finds herself alone and wondering who she really is. Her mother's death leads her to find her father's student diaries, chronicling his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. She discovers that he eventually became the president - some would say the dictator - of Bamana in West Africa. She also discovers that he is still alive.

She decides to track him down and so begins a funny, painful, fascinating journey, and an exploration of race, identity and what we pass on to our children.

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Praise for Sankofa: 'A fantastic novel about a woman's search for her identity' SEFI ATTA

  • Praise for The Spider King's Daughter (2012): 'Terrific' Independent; 'A dark, tense, gripping first novel, peeling back layers of Nigerian society' The Times; 'Onuzo deftly portrays two disparate worlds contained in one sprawling city: one heaving with sweat, casual violence and poverty; the other coolly distant and, in light of such hardship and brutality, absurdly concerned with European brands - and equally violent' Irish Times; 'Compelling and assured' Daily Mail; 'Onuzo's story of two star-crossed lovers in Lagos quickly outstrips its premise to become a much darker and more thrilling tale ... [Onuzo] keeps a taut hold of her material so that the threads of revelations of the past gradually enmesh the reader in a sinister tangle of events. Told with controlled clarity, The Spider King's Daughter is a gripping, involving and very impressive debut' Metro - *

  • Praise for Welcome to Lagos (2017): 'An entertaining and funny picture of Lagos life' Guardian; 'A fine novel . . . worlds - rich and poor, urban and rural, privileged and powerless, Muslim and Christian, Igbo and Yoruba - collide to spectacular effect as their paths cross and power shifts hands in surprising and unexpected ways' The Economist; 'In the 1960s and 70s my parental home was Ibadan, western Nigeria. From there I used to visit Lagos regularly -- even then an unruly, exciting place. The unruly factor and the excitement factor are now off the dial -- not to mention the stress factor, the population factor and the danger factor. This heady ambience is perfectly caught in Chibundu Onuzo's tremendous second novel Welcome to Lagos' William Boyd Guardian Best Holiday Reads Picked By Writers; 'Hugely accomplished . . . Nothing evades Onuzo's biting prose and whipsmart humour' Independent; 'I loved the bittersweet tone of this novel, so wise and beautiful' Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English; 'A portrait of contemporary Nigeria that I found difficult to put down' Stylist - *

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Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her life so far spans two military dictatorships, one internet revolution, two boarding schools, five grandmothers and a first book deal signed at nineteen. Chibundu's first novel, The Spider King's Daughter, was published by Faber in 2012 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award, shorted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published by Faber in 2017 and shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award. In 2018 Chibundu was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, as part of its "40 Under 40" initiative. She contributes regularly to the Guardian, has done a talk for Tedx and her autobiographical show 1991, featuring narrative, music, song and dance, premiered in a sell-out show at Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival in 2018. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @chibunduonuzo.

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