I am not a confident writer” – Chika Unigwe, winner of $100,000 prize for literature


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The winner of the 2012 NLNG $100,000 prize for literature and one time winner of the BBC Short story competition, Chika Unigwe has described herself as a writer without confidence.

“I am a very self-doubting writer. I am not a confident writer at all, when I write I doubt, so the only pressure I feel is against myself” she stated.

The Afro-belgian writer with a Nigerian origin, admitted this in an interview on Rubbin Minds (a TV show) on Saturday.
While answering questions on how she is striving to meet up to her role models (Chinuwe Achebe and Flora Nwapa), Unigwe who was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003 said “I don’t let the lack of self confidence in my writing stop me and the good thing about prizes is that they validate…..and this gives me the ego-boast I need to carry on writing.”

The mother of four also spoke on the theme of her last novel; On Black Sisters’ Street, which is based on Nigerian ladies, prostituting across Europe.

Explaining her successful interaction with some former prostitutes, she revealed that “I found that family members and even parents are involved in the trafficking of young Nigerian girls to Europe for prostitution.
She further claimed that” 99.9 per cent of prostitutes in Europe were from Benin city”

The writer cum social activist, noted that prostitution has become a way of life for most Nigerians who can’t escape the vicious cycle of poverty “and for them, this (prostitution) is the only way.”


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