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Chibundu Onuzo has always inspired us with her no-slouch, ambitious approach to things. So we are not at all surprised that top cosmetic brand Clinique featured her in their #faceforward campaign.

Onuzo became a Faber and Faber signee at 18, making her the youngest writer to be signed by the major publishing powerhouse. Her novel The Spider King’s Daughter came out soon after and was well loved by critics. As though writing a second novel were not enough work, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in history at a top UK university.

Women like Onuzo love doing big things, and there’s no stoping them. It’s a no-brainer that Clinique would want to partner with her.

For Onuzo’s fans, this video is a treat. She looks lovely in an Ankara print dress and a statement neck piece. She talks about what has been her biggest challenge, her proudest professional moment, and what inspires her.

Any take-away quote? Yes: “Especially for a creative, there is no plateau. If you’re not going up, you’re going down.”

You may not know this but, apart from being good at writing, Onuzo also has a great sense of humor. She can make you laugh for days! Which is what you’ll do when you hear her response to the last question: “Does good skin help you succeed?”

Congrats to Onuzo!

Watch!

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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