5 May 2016
Exciting news for literature lovers, particularly African literature lovers. With the world constantly appreciating and recognizing literature written by Africans, more opportunities have been opened to them. The latest beneficiary of the opportunities is the brilliant Nigerian novelist, Chika Unigwe. She announced the very exciting news that she has been awarded a teaching position at Brown University on Twitter a few days ago. She tweeted:
I’ve just been offered a one year Bonderman Professorship position at Brown University. I begin next semester. #ThankGod #honored #thrilled — chika unigwe (@chikaunigwe) May 1, 2016
The Bonderman professorship is a one-to-three-year teaching appointment in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University, a prestigious American University located in Providence, Rhode Island. Unigwe is one of two writers awarded the position. In the next one year, Unigwe will teach a total of four classes, in addition to organizing creative writing workshops.
Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She has a Ph.D in Literature (2004) from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She is also the author of two children books published by Macmillan, London. She has published short fiction in several anthologies, journals and magazine.
She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition award. In 2004, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. In the same year, her short story made the top 10 of the Million Writers Award for best online fiction. In 2005, she won third prize in the Equiano Fiction Contest.
Her widely acclaimed novel, ‘On black Sister’s Street’, is about African prostitutes living and working in Belgium. It won the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature; valued at $100,000; it is Africa’s largest literary prize.