LitFest Goes Wild
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September 29, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm£8.00
Not only was Chibundu Onuzo the youngest writer ever signed by Faber & Faber, landing a two-book deal at the age of 19, but she also managed the subsequent two years of manuscript revisions whilst reading for a history degree at King’s College, Cambridge. Now in her final year, she is working on her second novel.
Chibundu’s debut novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, explores issues of class and wealth in Lagos, a city where the gap between rich and poor is extreme, and transports the reader right amongst the heat, smells, sounds and traffic of a sprawling metropolis. When a girl from the privileged upper classes of Nigerian society buys an ice cream from a young street hawker both of their lives take a dramatic turn delivering us a profound message about the human capacity for change and love.
Chibundu’s influences from classic British fiction and African fiction together with her understanding of Nigerian society make for a unique and compelling new storytelling voice.
This event is chaired by the author Bidisha, writer for The Guardian, Financial Times, Mslexia, The F Word, The Observer and The New Statesman. She currently presents the World Service arts programme, The Strand, as well as various documentaries and series for BBC radio.
Chibundu Onuzo: The Spider King’s Daughter
Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected by armed guards and ferried everywhere in a huge black jeep.
A world away from Abike’s mansion, in the city’s slums, lives an eighteen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father’s death and now he sells ice cream at the side of the road to support his mother and sister.
When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one afternoon, they strike up a tentative and unlikely romance. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie.