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Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

A powerful and provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria from a celebrated young novelist.

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Shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award 2018

Five runaways ride the bus from Bayelsa to a better life in a megacity.

They are unlikely allies — a private, a housewife, an officer, a militant and a young girl. They share a need for escape and a dream for the future.

Soon, they will also share a burden none of them expected, but for now, the five sit quietly with their hopes, as the billboards fly past and shout: Welcome to Lagos.

Critic Reviews

I loved the bittersweet tone of this novel, so wise and beautiful - and such a relief to see so many of those characters I came to feel for receive a positive outcome.

Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991. Her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She is completing a PhD on the West African Students’ Union at King’s…

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