Chika Unigwe on Torie’s blog

Unveiling the Matriarch- Chika Unigwe (An author)

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Chika Unigwe on Torie’s blog

Hello Family, I’m glad to have the Amazing Chika Unigwe as the next interviewé for #UnveilingtheMatriarch.

She is a prolific writer and littérateur!

For more information about her, click here   

Unveiling the Matriarch is a biannual expression of enthusiastic, vibrant young women in different paths of their lives and society, that already carved a niche for themselves, built a solid opinion on a topic that they stand for or have expressed a form of matriarchy in their own way.

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Let’s begin!

Hello ma’ammy name is Victoria Olajide.  I am a creative artist and blogger and I’ve a space on my website to feature women who are high achievers in different fields with emphasis on culture, nationalism, art and the African writer.  Thank you for participating in this interview. Here are a few questions I’d love you to answer. Please be as interactive as possible. God bless you!  

Chika Unigwe on Torie’s blog

Could you please introduce yourself (name, age, short history or reference to your most popular work)? 

My name is Chika Unigwe. I am a writer and a professor of creative writing. My most recent work is a collection of short stories, titled Better Never than Late, set in Belgium and Nigeria (mostly charting the lives of Nigerian immigrants).

What are your most recent achievements? 

My most recent achievement would have to be the publication of the collection. It’s barely a month old, and I’m incredibly proud of it!

How long have you been writing (when and how did you start writing)?

I’ve been writing professionally since 1999 when I sold my first short story to BBC Radio. It’d be some years before I published a novel and began to feel comfortable to refer to myself as ‘writer’.

The most important elements of good writing, in my opinion, are a clear, concise, beautiful prose.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

The most important elements of good writing, in my opinion, are a clear, concise, beautiful prose. I love language and I believe the right language elevates plot.

What comes first the plot or characters? And how do you develop your plot and characters?

When I Start writing, I sort of know what the story is. Then the characters reveal themselves to me as I write.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer when my first novel was published.

Chika Unigwe on Torie’s blog

Describe your writing space.

I write at a desk at home, in the library, at Starbucks and in bed. It depends on my mood.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

My advice for him or her is to read a lot and write a lot. Also, he or she should be open to criticism.

Please drop a closing note for the young budding writers. 

Persistence is key. Never give up!

Chika Unigwe on Torie’s blog


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3 thoughts on “Unveiling the Matriarch- Chika Unigwe (An author)”

  1. Beautiful! Would definitely check out you collection of short stories ‘Better late than Never. ‘
    I should also commend the timeliness of the post. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Matriachs out there.


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