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Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua: Fighting for Britain but fueled by Nigeria (by Chibundu Onuzo)

The champion’s origins are spelt out in his tattoo and his liking for pounded yam and egusi. But while he’s on the rise, the British press probably won’t report it.

Chibundu Onuzo, the author of Welcome to Lagos. Credit: thenational.ae/Getty Images

How a dream gave Chibundu Onuzo an idea to write her new novel Welcome to Lagos

The fallout from a much-hyped debut is never easy to handle, particularly when the author in question published her first book at 21.

Chibundu Onuzo: ‘I discovered I was black when I moved to Britain 10 years ago.’ Photograph: Geraint Lewis/REX/Shutterstock

Yes, I'm black. But an ethnic minority? Forget it: Chibundu Onuzo

I discovered I was black when I moved to Britain 10 years ago. Before that, I was happily Nigerian when it came to my nationality, happily Igbo and Yoruba when it came to my ethnicity, and happily Lagosian when it came to my urban affiliation.

Chibundu Onuzo, Author of "The Spider King's Daughter"

What I read growing up in Lagos: Chibundu Onuzo

Growing up in Lagos, the closest library to my house was an hour’s drive away. It was a private library, moderately well stocked and tidily catalogued but you could only borrow one book at a time.

Chibundu Onuzo: She signed her first book deal at 19, becoming the youngest female author to sign to publishing giant Faber & Faber.

Young, Gifted, and Valid: Chibundu Onuzo, Author of novel "The Spider King's Daughter"

Quite a few people were strangely hostile to the idea of me writing a novel at 17. Either they were derisive, ‘You don’t know anything. What do you have to write about?’ Or they were dismissive, ‘Teenage novels are no good.’ Or they were concerned at what they saw as arrogant ambition, verging on hubris.

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Hay Festival in 2012

Continental drift: Africa39, an anthology of writing from south of the Sahara, is too good to miss

In 2007, Britain’s Hay Festival collaborated with the Unesco World Book Capital project to publish Bogotá39, a literary collection that showcased the talents of 39 Latin American writers under the age of 40.

Award winning Nigerian artist, writer and photographer, Victor Ehikhamenor

Africa's contemporary art is booming, so buy it while you can

I walked into the Gallery of African Art GAFRA on London’s Cork Street in Mayfair two weeks ago. Opposite the Burlington Arcade, right at the heart of the art establishment, on gallery row itself, African art formerly seen as a niche interest, now officially playing with the big boys.