“I am not a planner”: A conversation with Chibundu Onuzo

On a sweltering and slow Monday morning in mid-June, I had the privilege of chatting to the fresh-faced Chibundu Onuzo over Zoom a few days after the publication of her third novel, Sankofa (out last week with Virago). We talked about her relationship to writing as a profession, what it's like for a non-planner to fashion a novel out of a PhD, and how Sankofa relates to the cultural coordinates that orient it in modern-day Ghana.

Chibundu Onuzo’s third novel, Sankofa, comes at the right time

Following The Spider King's Daughter and Welcome to Lagos, Sankofa marks a departure from Lagosian life and tells the story of a mixed-race British woman's search for her long-lost West African father. Onuzo does a spectacular job of grabbing the reader and pacing the narrative, blending together the readability of mystery with the emotional depth of literary fiction to create a story that is truly unique in more ways than one.