CNN recently published a story on young writers starting a new chapter in Nigeria’s literary history. The story, part of a new series, I-List, focused on Nigeria as a country fifty years after independence. Among the writers mentioned was 19 year-old Chibundu Onuzo who has recently won a book deal with Faber for her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter. The book is due to come out in 2011.
Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe has been announced as the 2010 recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious awards in the arts. As award recipient, Achebe will receive a cash prize of $300,000 and a silver medallion on October 27 at the Hudson Theatre, Millennium Broadway in New York City.
Achebe, one of Africa’s greatest writers, is best known for Things Fall Apart, a book that has sold over 10 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. He was honored for his impact on “the international diaspora of African fiction and voices.”
The book tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, a young man who returns home to Nigeria, after his studies in England. Eager to make a difference in his newly independent home country, Obi finds that he has to balance his career ambitions, with the expectations of his family and tribe mates.