Sunday, November 27, 2022
More

    Latest Posts

    Senate probes job racketeering in NDDC

    The Senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has called for a thorough investigation into alleged job racketeering rocking the Niger...

    Produce Adeleke’s results, Osun tribunal orders INEC chair

    The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Osogbo, on Friday ordered the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to produce...

    Gospel singer Sammie Okposo is dead

    Ace gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, is dead. The singer died on Friday morning, The PUNCH gathered. He was 51. His project manager, Hillary Vincent, confirmed the...

    Abuja-Kaduna rail service resumes Nov 28

    The Abuja-Kaduna rail service resumes operations Monday, November 28, 2022. This is coming eight months after the service was suspended due to terrorists’ attack on...

    Award-winning author, Chika Unigwe, set to publish new novel

    Award-winning Nigerian novelist, Chika Unigwe, revealed to The PUNCH on Saturday in an interview that her new novel, “Leaving Meshach,” will be published by Dzanc Books in the United States in the fall of 2022.

    The Enugu-born writer is most notable for her “On Black Sisters’ Street,” a novel published by Jonathan Cape in 2009. The novel foregrounds the tragic lives of four immigrant African women — Sisi, Ama, Efe, and Joyce — helplessly trapped in the net of prostitution in Antwerp, Belgium.

    With more than ten titles to her name, Unigwe has returned to whet our literary appetite with a new novel, “Leaving Meshach”, which is modelled on Greek mythos, drawing inspiration from the story of the abduction of Persephone (daughter of the Greek god, Zeus) by Hades (Greek god of the underworld).

    Unigwe, speaking to The PUNCH, said this of her soon-to-be-published novel: “Leaving Meshach is a loose adaptation of the myth of Hades and Persephone. It is set in Enugu (and partly in Atlanta, GA) in the 2000s and tells the story of Nani, a vulnerable teenager who is lured in by a much older man, Meshach, a self-proclaimed Man of God.

    “Seven years and three children later, Nani finds the courage and strength to escape the abusive Meshach and find justice for herself.

    “As with every book I write, I hope first of all to tell a good story, but what this book also does is to centre narratives that we don’t always tell: how we can have parents who love us but for whom what society thinks is so important that they’d put that above their children’s well being; how we can have parents who can help us but we are unable to go to them for help because we are convinced they won’t.

    “Expectations of society sometimes hold us hostage.

    “Nani’s father is dead but her mother is very wealthy (and set in her ways). When Nani gets into trouble, she is unable to go to her mother for help, which makes things worse for her.

    “It’ll be published by Dzanc in the US in the fall of 2022, so still quite some time.”

    Unigwe writes both in English and Dutch. Her first novel, “De Feniks,” was published in Dutch in September 2005 and is the first book of fiction written by a Flemish author of African origin.

    She has published short fiction in several anthologies, journals and magazines, including Wasafiri (University of London), Moving Worlds (University of Leeds), Per Contra, Voices of the University of Wisconsin and Okike of the University of Nigeria.

    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.

    Her “On Black Sisters’ Street” won the 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature which came with a $100,000 prize.

    Latest Posts

    Senate probes job racketeering in NDDC

    The Senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has called for a thorough investigation into alleged job racketeering rocking the Niger...

    Produce Adeleke’s results, Osun tribunal orders INEC chair

    The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Osogbo, on Friday ordered the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to produce...

    Gospel singer Sammie Okposo is dead

    Ace gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, is dead. The singer died on Friday morning, The PUNCH gathered. He was 51. His project manager, Hillary Vincent, confirmed the...

    Abuja-Kaduna rail service resumes Nov 28

    The Abuja-Kaduna rail service resumes operations Monday, November 28, 2022. This is coming eight months after the service was suspended due to terrorists’ attack on...

    Don't Miss

    Looted funds: EFCC puts more govs under watch

    The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said the number of governors being monitored by the agency for possible...

    Ataga: I was forced to sign prepared police statement, says Chidinma

    Chidinma Ojukwu, the alleged killer of the Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, on Thursday, told a Lagos State High Court sitting at...

    Wike pledges support for Obi’s campaign with logistics

    The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday pledged to support the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi with logistics for his...

    Naira redesign: CBN directs banks to open Saturdays

    The Central Bank of Nigeria has instructed commercial banks in the country to work on Saturdays till January 31, 2023, to enable customers return...

    Olamide signs new artist Senth Music to YBNL Records

    On Thursday, 17th November 2022 Olamide announced the signing of Senth to YBNL through a clip of the artist's first release under the label....

    Stay in touch

    To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.