Chika Unigwe was today announced the winner of Africa’s richest literature prize, the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature. She received a cash prize of $100,000. Unigwe’s book, On Black Sisters Street beat out two other entries that made the final shortlist, namely Only A Canvas (by Olusola Olugbesan) and Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter (by Ngozi Achebe).
Chika Unigwe is an Afro-Belgian writer of Nigerian origin, who currently lives in Turnhout, Belgium. She is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. Her second novel, On Black Sisters’ Street, was published in Dutch in 2008 (as Fata Morgana) and in English in 2009. Night Dancer, her most recent novel, was released in June 2012 by Jonathan Cape. In this interview with Africa Book Club, she talks about her books and her enthusiasm about the state of African literature.