Arts & Culture
Chibundu Onuzo: 1991
- 10:00 pm
13 September 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall | £15
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Part of Africa Utopia
Author of The Spider King’s Daughter Chibundu Onuzo returns with her autobiographical show featuring narrative, music, song and dance.
Taking us on a journey from Lagos to London, Onuzo’s 1991 premiered in a sell-out show at Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival in 2018.
Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1991. Her 27 years span two military dictatorships, one internet revolution, two boarding schools, five grandmothers and a book deal, signed when she was 19.
Her first novel won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published in 2017. The Guardian described it as ‘an entertaining and funny picture of Lagos life’ while the Independent called it ‘hugely accomplished’.
This Nigerian odyssey features a live band, a choir and a healthy dose of West African rhythm.
Tickets cost £15 (+£3 BF) from Southbank Centre