We had earlier featured young literary prodigy, Chibundu Onuzo in this post: Meet 21 year old Chibundu Onuzo, the UK’s No.1 Best Black student of 2012.
Chibundu continues to make the continent proud with her literary feats and accolades. For all those who are not familiar with her story, she started writing her first book aged 17, got an agent at 18, became the youngest female to sign to publishing giant Faber & Faber at 19, and released her first book, The Spider King’s Daughter at 21.
Many are already comparing her to African literary star, Chimamanda Adichie whose literary career was also launched into international limelight in her twenties.
“It’s obviously a great compliment to be compared to her but objectively, I think our writing styles and subject matter are very different. I can see why people would make the link though. We’re both Nigerian. We’re both women and we both have natural hair,” Onuzo said when asked recently by the U.K. telegraph about comparisons between her and Adichie.
Chibundu leaves young Africans and aspiring writers with one abiding advice: “Don’t let anyone tell you that your youth means that your perspective of the world is not valid.”