(Nigeria, 1974) is a Belgian writer of Nigerian descent. She lives in Turnhout and is married to a Belgian husband and has four children. She made her debut in 2005 with De feniks (The phoenix), a portrait of a young Nigerian woman in Belgium, who, after the death of her 5-year old son, struggles with feelings of depression and uprootedness. In her second novel she describes how four young Nigerian women end up in prostitution in Belgium through a human trafficker. In 2011 her third novel+ appeared, set in Nigeria. In it, a young woman, Mma, goes in search of her roots. Unigwe studied English language and literature in Nigeria. In November 2004 she obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Leyden with a thesis on women's literature in her country. In addition to novels she writes poetry, children's books, educational books and short stories. Mourning, illness and loneliness are recurring themes in her work. Her stories were broadcast by the BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria and other radio stations in the Commonwealth. She is active in municipal politics in Turnhout for the christian democratic Flemish party CD&V.(WU 2012)
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'Come to me, my language, come back', Derek Walcott wrote. How does it feel to write in another language than your own? Does this new language also become the language in which you dream? Asis Aynan presents Ahmad Al Malik, Rodaan Al Galidi, Raj Mohan and Chika Unigwe, who will share their experiences. With musical accompaniment by guitarist Lourens van Haaften. In Dutch.
In the square in front of the theatre there is De Kas. The whole evening Jeroen van Kan talks with writers at the festival for the VPRO radio programme De Avonden Live. Visitors are allowed to peek freely and listen in. In Dutch and English.
21.17: Bernice Chauly
21.35: Ghalia Benali
22.05: Bejan Matur
22.15: Rodaan Al Galidi and Chika Unigwe
22.35: Nazmiye Oral and Kader Abdolah