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Chika Unigwe: Night Dancer

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Fiction 263 Jonathan Cape 2012



Chika Nina Unigwe is a Nigerian author famous for her book “On Black Sisters' Street” which won the NLNG Literature Prize in 2012. She was also selected for the “Hay Festival's Africa 39“, a list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in.....Read More



The night Dancer by Chika Unigwe is a wonderful piece of work potraying the effects of societiies on single mothers-Sunday Times

Chika Unigwe is one of the most probing, thought-provoking writers of the recent renaissance in African fiction-Guardian
Night Dancer is essentially a novel of self-discovery; of evaluating and embracing life, and learning to understand those around you-Kelyn Sole I believe that Chika Unigwe not only questions the imbalances of culture but also accuses women of perpetuating some of these evils that have relegated them to the background. Night Dancer draws one closer to how women feel about their place in culture and society-Femi Morgan



Excerpt from Night Dancers

The flight to Kaduna was crowded. Mma had not expected a midweek flight, on the second day of the year, to be so full. She had not thought that Kaduna was a popular destination. As the plane taxied down the runway, a passenger at the back shouted, ‘Let us pray!’ and without waiting for a response, immediately launched into a long prayer, ending with an ‘Amen’ from more than half the passengers. 

She had a ball of wool in her stomach, unfurling and making her too sick to eat. An air hostess in a tight, short skirt pushed a cart beside her. 

Would you like some tea or coffee madam? the hostess asked

'nothing thank you'


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