Adaobi Tricia Obinne Nwaubani, born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1976. She is an author, essayist and a journalist.
Nwaubani is the first writer in the history of world literature to capture the 419 scams phenomenon in a novel. The first contemporary African writer on the global stage to have got an international book deal while still living in her home country. Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to you by Chance published in 2009, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa). A book set in the intriguing 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.
She studied Psychology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university. As a teenager, Nwaubani secretly dreamed of becoming a CIA or KGB agent. She earned her first income from winning a writing competition at the age of 13.
In 2012, Nwaubani was selected as one of 15 emerging leaders in government, business and civil society from across West Africa, to attend a “Leadership for Change” training program sponsored by the Private Investors for Africa (PIA). Managed by the African Leadership Institute (AfLI), the program aims to create a network of “world class, pan-African, high potential, emerging leaders across all sectors, working in partnership as catalysts for change in Africa”.
She has won several awards like 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Africa), 2010 Betty Trask First Book Award, 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa finalist, (Quadrennial) 2012 Nigeria Prize for Literature shortlist, Washington Post Best Books 2009.
Her mother is a cousin of Flora Nwapa, the first female African writer to publish a book.