RARE  RISINGSTARS 2012 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Chibundu Onuzo

King’s College London
BA History
Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo started writing novels and short stories at the age of 10 and less than a decade later, she became the youngest woman ever to be signed to Faber & Faber, which has published books by 12 Nobel Laureates and 6 Man Booker prizewinners.

Her debut novel, �The Spider King�s Daughter� is part of a two-book deal with the publishing powerhouse and charts the unlikely relationship that develops between a poor street hawker and a sheltered rich girl who meet on a street in Lagos.

�I love telling stories. It�s really that simple.�

Since its release in March 2012, the book has garnered a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and a 4 star review from The Metro. It has even earned her a place alongside a Booker prize-nominated Oxford professor on a longlist for the �10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists.

Chibundu has given readings at the South Bank, The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and Cambridge Wordfest and recent media appearances include BBC Radio 3�s �The Verb� and BBC Scotland�s �The Book Caf�. The Guardian, The Times and The Financial Times are just a handful of other publications which have praised Chibundu�s fledgling literary talent.

21-year-old Chibundu has also been profiled by CNN and The Observer recently named her as one of the Authors To Watch Out For In 2012.

�I don�t see success as a personal achievement. It�s not like I woke up and educated myself.�

She plans to complete a Masters in International Development and, if the success of her first book is anything to go by, her second will be another literary delight.

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