Author

Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe (b. 1974) is a Nigerian writer who lives in Belgium and who writes in English and Dutch. With her stories written in English she won the BBC Short Story Award in 2003, the Commonwealth Short Story Award in 2004, and was nominated for the Caine Prize, the African Booker Prize. She made her debut as a novelist in 2005 with De feniks (The Phoenix), about the personal problems of an African woman in Flanders. In the novel Fata Morgana (2007) sex trafficking from Nigeria is portrayed through the world of black prostitutes in Antwerp. It has been translated into English, Italian, German, and Hungarian. In her latest novel Nachtdanser (Night Dancer), which is set in Africa, Chika Unigwe returns to Enugu, the city of her birth in the southern part of Nigeria.

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana

(Meulenhoff | Manteau, 2007, 320 pages)

The four African women in Fata Morgana , who work as prostitutes in Antwerp, are not entirely dissatisfied with their lot. But when Sisi is murdered in one of the suburbs, the other three come together seeking protection, bringing with them their horror and their questions.

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Night Dancer

Night Dancer

(De Bezige Bij Antwerpen, 2010, 285 pages)

Night Dancer, Chika Unigwe’s third novel, is based on the contrast that exists between tradition and modern life in present-day Nigeria. Mma is confronted by a concealed past when her mother, Ezi, dies unexpectedly. Ezi had left Mma’s father because he had made their servant girl pregnant. With her daughter, Ezi returned to Enugu where she had come from, and there she built up a life as a prostitute. But in this way she also mortgaged Mma’s future.

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