Friday, 12 March 2010
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, on Thursday won this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book for the Africa Region. she is now in pole position for the overall award, to be announced next month.
The writer beat four other writers, including fellow Nigerian, Kachi A. Ozumba, to scoop the Best First Book category, which comes with a £1,000 cash prize. The other regional winner for Africa, in the Best Book category, is South African Marie Heese. This year’s regional nods were dominated by women, with 10 female authors out of the total 14 shortlisted.
Nwaubani won the Commonwealth award for her much praised debut novel about Nigerian email scammer, I Do Not Come To You By Chance. The book, already published in Britain and America, is due for release in Nigeria soon.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She attended boarding school in the Federal Government Girls College, Owerri and studied Psychology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.