Literary Programme 2018

Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo

Bantry Library

Fri 20 July 2018



Welcome To Lagos is a powerful and provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria by celebrated young novelist Chibundu Onuzo.

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life. Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds. After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is desperate for information. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.

As moving as it is mesmerising, Welcome To Lagos is a novel about the power of our dreams for the future and the place of morality in a sometimes hostile world.

‘I loved the bittersweet tone of this novel, so wise and beautiful.’ Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English

‘[A] dark, tense, gripping first novel, peeling back layers of Nigerian society.’ The Times [on The Spider King’s Daughter]

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991. Her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She is completing a PhD on the West African Student’s Union at King’s College London. Welcome to Lagos was published by Faber in 2017.

Chibundu’s photo is by Blayke+Images