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Ohio University Press Author Wins Nigeria Prize for Literature

Chika Unigwe is the 2012 winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature for her book, "On Black Sisters Street: A Novel," which was published in paperback by Ohio University Press last winter. The Nigeria Prize for Literature is the biggest literary award in Nigeria with a cash value of $100,000. There were over two hundred entries in this year's competition.

"On Black Sisters Street" tells the story of four African women working as prostitutes in Antwerp's red-light district. Caryn James called the novel "spellbinding" and "a revelatory work as tough, humane and unsentimental as its heroines." The New York Times Book Review called Unigwe "a latter-day Thackeray" and noted that as a writer she "probes with passion, grace and comic verve the underbelly of our globalized new world economy."

"On Black Sisters Street" was originally published in English as a hardcover by Random House; Ohio University Press acquired the paperback rights. The book is the third publication in a relatively new series, Modern African Writing, which aims to bring the best in African writing to an international audience. 

The next book in the series is "The Conscript: A Novel of Libya's Anticolonial War," by Gebreyesus Hailu, and translated by Ohio University professor Ghirmai Negash.



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