Looking for a taste of Lagos but can’t afford the flight? We’ve got the answer! Nigerian author and singer Chibundu Onuzo will be in Philadelphia on Monday May 21st as part of her tour promoting her new book Welcome to Lagos. A a piece with interwoven story lines involving military personnel, government ministers and every day Lagosians, Welcome to Lagos depicts the complexity of this global metropolis.
Welcome to Lagos has already garnered widespread praise for its complex and skillful depiction of Nigeria. William Boyd noted in The Guardian, “Nigerian novelists appear to be energising the form these days, and on this showing Onuzo is leading the charge.” Bella Naija listed Chibundu as one of the “10 Contemporary Nigerian Writers to Look Out for in 2018,” and Bustle included Welcome to Lagos in its “19 Debut Novels Coming Out in 2018 That You Definitely Don’t Want to Miss.” Onuzo was born in Lagos, and studied History at King’s College London and is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the same institution. Her short stories have been commissioned by BBC Radio and she writes for the Guardian, with a special interest in Nigeria.
Onuzo will be at Penn Book Center on Monday May 21st at 6pm to read from her novel, answer questions, and give a short performance.