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Chika Unigwe
human
Sex or genderfemale Tekre
Country of citizenshipBelgium Tekre
Given nameChika Tekre
Date of birth12 June 1974 Tekre
Place of birthEnugu Tekre
Native languageEnglish Tekre
Languages spoken, written or signedEnglish Tekre
Occupationwriter, politician Tekre
Educated atLeiden University Tekre
Member of political partyChristian Democratic and Flemish Tekre
Notable workOn Black Sisters Street Tekre
Award receivedNigeria Prize for Literature Tekre

A Chika Nina Unigwe ( sẽn dog sigr kiuug rasem 12 yʋʋm 1974 soabã) yaa Nigerian sẽn dog ne Igbo gʋlsd[1] sẽn gʋlsd ne English la ne Dutch. Yʋʋmd 2014 tʋʋl-nif kiuugã, b yãka-a-la Hay Festival sẽn boond tɩ Africa39 wã pʋgẽ, n yãk Sub-Saharan African gʋlsdb 39 sẽn pa ta yʋʋm 40 sẽn tar minim la minim n na n wilg Afrika sɛb nins sẽn watã.[2][3] A sẽn da be Belgium wã, a vɩɩ United States.[4]

A vɩɩmã[edit | edit source]

Chika Unigwe roga yʋʋmd 1974 Enugu, Nigeria, n yaa a roagdbã kamb a yopoe sʋka a yoob soaba. A kẽnga karẽn-bi-bõoneg lekoll a Federal Government Girls' college sẽn be Abuja la a paama karẽn-bi-bõoneg karẽn-bi-bõoneg sull a ye University of Nigeria, Nsukka yʋʋmd 1995. Yʋʋmd 1996, a paama MA ne ãngilind buud-goam KU Leuven (KUL, the Catholic University of Leuven).[5]A paama Ph.D. ne sɛbgo (2004) University of Leiden sẽn be Netherlands wã. A pipi sebr ning a sẽn gʋlsã yaa a De Feniks, a sẽn yiis yʋʋmd 2005 wã, a Meulenhoff la a Manteau ( sẽn be Amsterdam la Antwerp) n yiis-a.[6] A leb n yaa kamb sɛb a yiib gʋlsda, Macmillan sẽn yi London.[7]

A gʋlsa sɛb sẽn kẽed ne karẽn-bi-bõonese, zʋrnall dãmba la zʋrnall-dãmb kẽere, wala a Wasafiri (University of London), Moving Worlds (University of Leeds), Per Contra, Voices of the University of Wisconsin la Okike of the University of Nigeria.[8]

A paama yʋʋm 2003 BBC Kibar kɩdg kʋdemdã[9] la Commonwealth Kibar kɩdg kʋdemdã kũun.[10] Yʋʋmd 2004 wã, a paama kũun ning b sẽn boond tɩ Caine Prize for African Writing wã.[11] Yʋʋmd kãng pʋgẽ, a kibarã kẽe sõor 10 sẽn yaa sõma n yɩɩd Million Writers Award wã pʋgẽ.[12] Yʋʋmd 2005, a paama kũun a tãab-n-soab Equiano Fiction Contest pʋgẽ.[13]

A pipi sebr ning a sẽn gʋlse, sẽn boond t'a De Feniks, paama vɛrse ne Olandi sigr kiuug yʋʋm 2005 soabã, la yaa sebr ning sẽn yɩ pipi vɛrse sẽn gʋlse, sẽn yaa vɛrse a ye sẽn gʋlse.[14] A yiib-n-soaba, Fata Morgana, paama vɛrse ne Oland buud-gomd yʋʋmd 2008 wã, la rẽ poore, b yiisa ne ãngilind gom-bil ning sẽn yaa On Black Sisters' Street.[15] A sẽn boond tɩ On Black Sisters' Street wã gomda Afirik pʋg-yoodb sẽn vɩ la b tʋmd Belgium yelle. A paama yʋʋm 2012 Nigeriya sɛb kũun a sẽn kõ sɛb wɛɛngẽ;[16][17] a paama ligd sẽn ta doolaar 100 000 la a yaa Afirik sɛb kũun sẽn yɩɩd fãa.[18][19]

Sẽn paase, yʋʋm 2012 soabã pʋgẽ, Zukiswa Wanner sẽn be The Guardian pʋgẽ wã wilgame t'a Unigwe yaa " Afirik seb-gʋlsdb a nu sẽn yaa sõma".[20] Sẽn paase, yʋʋm 2012 wã, a tõoga a Olushola Olugbesan ne a Ngozi Achebe ne a Onaedo: The Blacksmith's Daughter n paam ligd sẽn ta doolaar 100 000 Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, n lebg a yiib-n-soab ning sẽn gʋlsd sɛb n paam kũunã. [21]

A kẽnga Adelaide kibsã sẽn zĩnd Ostrali yʋʋmd 2013 wã, la yaa pipi wakat la a seg Aborize rãmb naab a ye. A sũur yɩɩ noog wʋsg ne Aborigin rãmbã kibar sẽn be Ostrali wã, t'a gʋls sõsg sẽn yaa: "Bũmb ning m sẽn tagsdã... sugr la maagrã".[22]

A Unigwe bee Afirikã fãa sɛb taoor lʋɩtb sullẽ wã, a Writivism,[23] la a lugla Awele Creative Trust Nigeriya sẽn na n sõng kom-bɩɩs sɛbdbã.[24] 24 Yʋʋmd 2014 tʋʋl-nif kiuugã, b yãka-a t'a kẽ festivɛl ning sẽn boond t'a Africa39 wã pʋgẽ, n yãk Afirik tẽn-kɩremsã gʋlsdb 39 sẽn pa ta yʋʋm 40 sẽn tar minim la minim n na n wilg sẽn na n yɩ to-to Afirikã pʋgẽ.[25]

Yʋʋmd 2014 wã, University of Tübingen wã saka a Unigwe ne a tʋmd-n-taas a Taiye Selasi, a Priya Basil la a Nii Ayikwei Parkes tɩ b kẽng yʋʋmdã gʋlsdb karengã. Yʋʋmd kãng me, a yiisa Zwarte Messias, sebr a ye sẽn gomd a Olaudah Equiano yelle.[26]

Yʋʋmd 2016, b yãka a Unigwe t'a yɩ Bonderman Professor of Creative Writing Brown University sẽn be Providence, Rhode Island.[27] A roman ning a sẽn boond t'a Night Dancer (sẽn yi yʋʋmd 2012) me paama NLNG Nigeria sɛb kũunã ; [28] a sẽn paam-a wã yaa a Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.[29]

A leb n yɩɩ Man Booker International bʋ-kaood yʋʋmd kãnga.[30] Yʋʋmd 2017 wã, a yɩɩ karen-saamb sẽn be Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, la a zĩnda be hal tɩ ta yʋʋmd 2019.[31]

Yʋʋmd 2019 wã, Cassava Republic Press sẽn be Abuja la Lɔndr yiisa sebr a ye sẽn yaa kɩbay sẽn yaa kɩbay sẽn gomd Nigeriya ned sẽn yi Beljik yelle.[32][33] Yʋʋmd kãng pʋgẽ, a tʋma tʋʋmd a ye n naan yiis sebr ning sẽn boond tɩ New Daughters of Africa. Yaa pagb sẽn yɩɩd 200 sẽn yit Afirik la Afirik tẽn-zẽmsã sẽn gʋls sõss la sɛb n tigim-a, t'a Margaret Busby, sẽn yaa Afirik kom-pugli wã (Daughters of Africa) tigim-n-taag me, mak-a ne "b sẽn baood n na n yõg kʋɩlg sẽn kẽed ne kalbas".

Yʋʋmd 2020 wã, a Unigwe sõngame tɩ b yiis sebr ning sẽn yaa "The middle of a sentence: short prose anthology" ne "Two Happy Meals". Sebr ning b sẽn boond tɩ Common Breath Short Prose Anthology wã yaa kɩbay kɩbay sẽn yaa kɩdg n yɩɩdã kibs sẽn tigimd seb-gʋlsdb kẽer sẽn yaa nin-kãsems rũndã-rũndã, n naag ne TCB sɛb sẽn yiisd sɛb n na n kõ-ba. Yʋʋmd kãng kiuugã, b yãka a Ungwe t'a yɩ karen-saamb Georgia College & State University wã, sẽn be Milledgeville, Georgia.

Yʋʋmd 2020 sɩpaolg kiuugã pʋgẽ, a sɩngame n gʋlsd sɛb a yiib sẽn yit Nigeria Daily Trust.[34] Yʋʋmd 2021 wã, b yãka a Unigwe t'a na n wa paam a Dzanc Books Diverse Voices Award.

Ned vɩɩmã wɛɛngẽ[edit | edit source]

A Unigwe ra vɩɩ Turhout, Belgium ne a sɩdã la a kambã a naasã.[35] A yiime n kẽng Etazĩni yʋʋmd 2013. [36] A gʋlsa ne ãngilind la ne Olandi.[37]

Sãmbg sẽn ka be[edit | edit source]

2007: Unesco-Unesco-Aschberg Fellowship for creative writing[38]

2009: Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio Centre, Italy) [39]

2011: HALD Fellowship (HALD Centre, Danemark)

2011 la 2016: Writing Fellowship at the Ledig House (Omi NY, USA[40]

Yʋʋmd 2013: Writing Fellowing at Cove Park (Scotland) [41]

2014: Writer-in-Residence, Haverford College (Philadelphia PA, USA)

2014: Sylt Fellowship for African Writers][42]

Seb-vãad[edit | edit source]

• Tear Drops, Enugu: Richardson Publishers, 1993.[43]

• Born in Nigeria, Enugu: Onyx Publishers, 1995.

• A Rainbow for Dinner. Oxford: Macmillan, 2002. ISBN 978-0-333-95588-8[44]

• 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.

• Better Never Than Late. Cassava Republic Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1911115540

• The Middle Of A Sentence: Short Prose Anthology. The Common Breath, 2020. ISBN 9781916064133

Sebtiise[edit | edit source]

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20101129230214/http://users.skynet.be/chikaunigwe/en_main.html
  2. https://www.hayfestival.com/artistlist-u-x.aspx
  3. https://africa39blog.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/africa39-list-of-authors/
  4. https://www.chikaunigwe.com/biography.html
  5. http://www.cerep.ulg.ac.be/unigwe/cuintro.html
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20200727205957/http://igbonews.co.uk/Unigwe_wins_-100-000_LNG_liter/unigwe_wins_-100-000_lng_literary_prize.html
  7. https://www.litro.co.uk/2012/02/chika-unigwe-saving-agus-wife/
  8. https://www.channelstv.com/2012/11/01/unigwe-wins-nlng-prize-for-literature/
  9. https://businessday.ng/style-luxury/article/chika-unigwe-on-winning-the-nigerian-prize-for-literature/
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20200817192548/https://www.africabookclub.com/an-interview-with-afro-belgian-writer-chika-unigwe/
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20160904034222/http://caineprize.com/notable-entries
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20200727205735/https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/8-nigerian-authors-who-made-a-mark-in-2016.html
  13. https://refinedng.com/chika-unigwe/
  14. http://lifeandtimesmagazine.com/home/chika-unigwe-exploring-the-depths-of-the-human-condition/
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20200727204947/https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/nlng-shortlist-what-you-should-know-about-the-authors.html
  16. https://www.flowtechenergy.com/news/industry-news/nlng-prize-for-literature-stokes-on-black-sisters-street/
  17. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/11/from-nlngs-treasury-chika-unigwe-wins-100000-nig-prize-for-literature/
  18. http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2012/11/01/chika-unigwe-wins-nigeria-prize-for-literature/
  19. https://web.archive.org/web/20150529051412/http://www.wasafiri.org/pages/news_01/news_item.asp?News_01ID=291
  20. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/sep/06/top-african-writers-zukiswa-wanner
  21. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/11/i-come-from-a-catholic-home-where-sex-wasnt-a-word-chika-unigwe/
  22. https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/mar/10/adelaide-festival-chika-unigwe
  23. https://writivism.org/2013/12/02/announcing-the-writivism-board-of-trustees/
  24. http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/caines-legitimacy-comes-work/
  25. https://calendar.uga.edu/event/author_chika_unigwe_to_read_at_uga
  26. https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/afropolitan-literature-comes-to-tuebingen-university/
  27. https://brittlepaper.com/2016/05/chika-unigwe-heads-brown-university-bonderman-professor-creative-writing/
  28. http://www.nlng.com/Media-Center/Lists/Press%20Releases/DispForm.aspx?ID=18&RootFolder=%2FMedia%2DCenter%2FLists%2FPress%20Releases&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Enlng%2Ecom%2FMedia%2DCenter%2FPages%2FPress%2DRelease%2Easpx
  29. http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/10/2016-winner-100000-nigeria-prize-literature-emerges/
  30. https://web.archive.org/web/20230402125415/https://www.jamesmurua.com/chika-unigwe-man-booker-international-prize-2017-judge/
  31. https://web.archive.org/web/20221203083611/https://www.anpa.org/writer-chika-unigwe-is-anpa-featured-speaker-tackles-sex-trafficking/
  32. https://cassavarepublic.biz/product/better-never-than-late/
  33. https://www.flandersliterature.be/books-and-authors/book/better-never-than-late
  34. https://dailytrust.com/dreaming-big-dreams
  35. https://web.archive.org/web/20121105011011/http://users.skynet.be/chikaunigwe/en_biography.html
  36. https://brittlepaper.com/2013/10/strangers-others-countries-discussion-chika-unigwe-femke-van-zeijl/
  37. https://jaladaafrica.org/jalada-conversations/the-jalada-conversations-no-3-chika-unigwe/
  38. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/07/those-who-do-not-sit-at-the-dinner-table-are-forgotten-chika-unigwe/
  39. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/94807/chika-unigwe
  40. https://writivism.org/2015/01/31/2015-writivism-short-story-prize-judges/
  41. https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2017/11/09/cove-park-literature-residencies-2018/
  42. https://www.syltfoundation.com/Residencies-and-Awards/African-Writers-Residency-Award-AWRA-/
  43. https://web.archive.org/web/20220125210528/https://ananigeria.org/news/chika-unigwe-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-ana-funai-international-conference
  44. https://www.medianigeria.com/biography-of-chika-unigwe/