Friday, June 29, 2012
21-YEAR OLD NIGERIAN EMERGES UK'S NO 1 BEST BLACK STUDENT ￼
This was decided by a panel of leading black Britons at a glittering ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 7th June 2012, in front of an invited audience of MPs, senior business heads, family members, friends and press. The award was given by Rare Rising Stars. By winning the award, she also became the first woman to come out tops in the list of the U.K.'s Best Black Students.
She became a focus of attention two years ago after signing a two novel deal with U.K. publishing heavy weight, Faber & Faber which has published books by 12 Nobel Laureates and 6 Man Booker prizewinners.
By virtue of the deal, she became the prestigious publisher's youngest ever female author and she was featured on CNN during Nigeria's 50th year of independence.
Onuzo who has been writing since she was 10 just published her book, "The Spider King's Daughter", which was longlisted for the £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists alongside a Booker prize-nominated Oxford professor.
￼She grew up reading classics like Jane Eyre and David Copperfield and those of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.