Chibundu Onuzo, Nigerian novelist, has released ‘Good Soil’, a soundtrack to ‘Sankofa’, her 2021 novel.
The video-backed song starred people of colour, showcased African fabric, and dwelled on the theme of resilience.
‘Sankofa’ tells the story of a mixed-race British woman who searches for an African dad she never knew. After separating from her husband and with her daughter grown, she finds herself alone and wondering who she really is.
Her mother’s death leads her to find her father’s student diaries, chronicling his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. She discovers that he eventually became the president of Bamana in West Africa.
She also discovers that he is still alive. She decides to track him down and so begins a funny, painful, fascinating journey, and an exploration of race, identity, and what we pass on to our children.
Born in 1991 in Nigeria and raised in Lagos, Onuzo moved to England when she was 14. At the age of 17, she began writing her first novel, which was signed two years later by Faber and Faber and was published when she was 21.
She was the youngest female writer ever taken on by the publisher. Onuzo’s first novel ‘The Spider King’s Daughter’ won a Betty Trask Award. It was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize.
The book was similarly longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
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