Introducing… Chibundu Onuzu
Signing her first book deal at nineteen, Chibundu Onuzu’s first novel THE SPIDER KING’S DAUGHTER won the Betty Trask Award. As a published author, and with her unique perspective as a Nigerian creative who moved to the UK in 2005, Onuzo extends her writing capabilities into the world of music, “Music has always been this part of me that I can never shake. It’s the bass line running through my life. I sing, I play the piano and I write my own songs.” With her debut single, ‘Good Soil’ already out alongside her latest novel SANKOFA, she now releases her second single ‘Mama’.
Exploring a more sombre tone on this climate-conscious release, the track reflects the current climate crisis and her concerns for the forthcoming generations. “I wrote Mama during the lockdown. I was reflecting on the state of the world and the direction humanity is heading in. I want a better world. I hope we can course-correct.”
As this year’s winner of the Drake Yolanda Award and acting as her first ever award and one that gave her a grant to further pursue her career as an emerging musician, this single shows the adaptability of Onuzu and the impact she is having on those around her.