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Chibundu Onuzo Discusses Being Part of the Nigerian Diaspora and Wanting to Build Her Country

The Spider King\'s DaughterIn an interview Sahara Reporters, Chibundu Onuzo, author of the 2012 Dylan Thomas prize shortlisted book The Spider King’s Daughter, shared the love she has for her parents and the fact that she sings and plays piano at her church in London.

She was also interviewed by All About Careers, and said that she’d initially wanted to be a concert pianist. She revealed that she had only sent 30 pages of her manuscript to Capel and Land because she couldn’t afford to send copies to six or seven agencies.

You are a celebrated writer. Have you always been interested in writing and literature?

Always is a long time. I don’t imagine as a baby I was much interested in literature. I’ve been told that in those first years of my life, I was more concerned with chewing the pages of books than deciphering the words in them. But once I was taught to read, I remember enjoying it immensely. I soon discovered the art of reading silently without sounding the words and from then, I was off. I could sit for hours reading and it was an interest that my parents encouraged. There was always an ample supply of books lying around the house.

Did you always want to be a writer?

I wanted to be a concert pianist when I was a lot younger. I also wanted to be a lawyer and a doctor at the same time, although I wasn’t sure how that was going to work.

I started writing fiction at the age of ten. I wanted to write, but I wouldn’t have said I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t really see it as a full-time profession.

Even now I don’t think of myself as a writer. I’m a student as well.

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