Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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Adaobi Tricia Obinne Nwaubani
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Adaobi Tricia Obinne Nwaubani is a Nigerian novelist, humorist, essayist and journalist. Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to you by Chance,[1] won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Africa),[2][3] a Betty Trask First Book award,[4] and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Best Books of 2009.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Enugu, Nigeria, to Chukwuma Hope Nwaubani and Patricia Uberife Nwaubani in 1976, Nwaubani was raised by both parents in Umuahia (where her father hails from), Abia State, among the Igbo people . At the age of 10, she left home to attend boarding school at the Federal Government Girls College Owerri. She studied Psychology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria's premier university.[6]

As a teenager, Nwaubani secretly dreamed of becoming a CIA or KGB agent.[6] She earned her first income from winning a writing competition at the age of 13. Her mother is a cousin of Flora Nwapa, the first female African writer to publish a book.[7] In her first year at University, she was a member of the Idia Hall Chess Team, and also a member of the University's (classical music) choir.[8]

Nwaubani was one of the pioneer editorial staff of Nigeria's now defunct NEXT newspapers, established by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dele Olojede.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Abuja, Nigeria, where she works as a consultant.


I Do Not Come to You by Chance is Nwaubani's debut novel, published in 2009. Set in the world of Nigerian email scams, the book tells the story of a young man, Kingsley, who turns to his Uncle Boniface for help in bailing his family out of poverty.



Nwaubani has expressed concern over the largely somber tone of African novels.[citation needed] She credits Irish-American writer Frank McCourt's Pulitzer-winning Angela's Ashes with showing her that she could write about serious issues in a humorous tone.[citation needed] She is also a great admirer of British humorist P. G. Wodehouse.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nwaubani, Adaobi Tricia (2009). I Do Not Come to You by Chance. Hachette UK. ISBN 9780297858720.
  2. ^ "Marié Heese and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Win the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize – Africa Region Awards". 11 March 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ Nwaubani, Adaobi Tricia (7 October 2012). "My degree is better than yours". Premium Times. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "The Betty Trask Prizes and Awards". The Society of Authors. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Best Books of 2009". Washington Post.
  6. ^ a b "About Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani". Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani website. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Adaobi Nwaubani talks with African Writing Online [many literatures, one voice]; Interviews". Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  9. ^ "Marié Heese and Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Win the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize - Africa Region Awards". Sunday Times Books LIVE @ Sunday Times Books LIVE. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  10. ^ "404 Error - The Society of Authors". Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Lola Shoneyin, Chika Unigwe and Others Shortlisted for 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature". Sunday Times Books LIVE @ Sunday Times Books LIVE. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Holiday Guide 2009: Best Books - The Washington Post". Retrieved 17 July 2018.

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