One to watch Chioma was born in Nigeria and came to London at the age of seven. She started her writing career as a poet before turning her hand to fiction. Her writing has been published in Bum Rush The Page and The Callaloo Literary Journal. Additionally, her work has been shortlisted in the Undiscovered Authors Competition 2006, run by Bookforce UK, and in the Daily Telegraph's Write a Novel in a Year Competition in 2007. BITTER LEAF, Virago Press June 27, 2010, was her first novel.