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Nigerian novelist Chika Unigwe posted very exciting news on Twitter a few days ago. She announced that she had been awarded a teaching position at Brown University.

The Bonderman professorship is a one-to-three-year teaching appointment in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University, a prestigious American university located in Providence, Rhode Island. Unigwe is one of two writers awarded the position.

In the next one year, Unigwe will teach a total of four classes, in addition to organizing creative writing workshops. She is not, however, tied down to teaching just creative writing classes. She has a chance to teach a range of subjects that could include literature, narrative theory, digital arts, transnational literature, and so on. Brown University students will also get a chance to be mentored by the successful novelist.

Unigwe broke out into the global literary scene in 2009 when Jonathan Cape published the English translation of her second novel written in Dutch. On Black Sister’s Street went on to win the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2012. Unigwe has since published two more novels, the latest of which is Black Messiah, a fictional adaptation of Olaudah Equiano’s life.

This is really exciting news. Congrats to Unigwe! We wish her all the best in her writing and teaching.

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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