The Concubine

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi

Introduced by Chibundu Onuzo


The renowned Nigerian author Elechi Amadi has died aged 82. His most famous novel The Concubine was published in 1966 and went on to become a set text in schools across Africa. And his work is still loved by Nigerians of all ages – including the young novelist Chibundu Onuzo. She introduced The Concubine on the BBC World Service yesterdayhow she came to read it and her reaction to it.

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to Chibundu Onuzo on why everyone should read ‘The Concubine’


Chibundu Onuzu is author of The Spider King’s Daughter and one of the writers selected for the Hay Festival Africa39 project, which celebrates 39 of the best African south of the Sahara writers under the age of 40. Read Chibundu’s guest opinion columns in the Guardian here.




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