Born 12 June 1974



Chika Nina Unigwe (born 12 June 1974) is a Nigerian-born Igbo author[1] who writes in English and Dutch. In April 2014 she was selected for the Hay Festival's Africa39 list of 39 sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature.[2] Previously based in Belgium, she now lives in the United States.
Gender: Female
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4 children

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2007 Unesco-Aschberg Fellowship for creative writing
2009 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio Centre, Italy)
2011 HALD Fellowship (HALD Centre, Denmark)
2011 and 2016 Writing Fellowship at the Ledig House (Omi NY, USA)
2013 Writing Fellowing at Cove Park (Scotland)
2014 Writer-in-Residence, Haverford College (Philadelphia PA, USA)
2014 Sylt Fellowship for African Writers

Federal Government Girls' college in Abuja.. University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1995.. Catholic University of Leuven (KUL).. University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

Tear Drops, Enugu: Richardson Publishers, 1993.
Born in Nigeria, Enugu: Onyx Publishers, 1995.
A Rainbow for Dinner. Oxford: Macmillan, 2002. ISBN 978-0-333-95588-8
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.

shortlisted for the Vrouw en Kultuur debuutprijs for the best first novel by a female writer.
won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition award.
shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
made the top 10 of the Million Writers Award for best online fiction.
she won third prize in the Equiano Fiction Contest.
shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature


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