Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (born 1976 in Enugu, Nigeria) is a Nigerian writer. Her novel I Do Not Come to You by Chance won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best African Debut Novel.


Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani was born in Enugu in the state of the same name to Chukwuma Hope Naubani and Patricia Uberife Nwaubani, but moved with her parents to Umuahia, Abia State just a year later, where she spent her early childhood. From the age of ten, she attended the Federal Government Girls College in Owerri, Imo State. She went on to study psychology at the University of Ibadan.[1]

She is an editor of the Nigerian newspaper Next[2] and lives in Lagos.


  • I Do Not Come to You by Chance. Hyperion, 2009, ISBN 1-401323111.
    • German as Die meerblauen Schuhe meines Unkels Cash Daddy. Translated from English by Karin Nölle. dtv, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-423-24861-7.


  • 2010: Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: best African debut novel for I Do Not Come to You by Chance

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Individual references

  1. Chance Happenings
  2. VICTOR NZE:Next Editor wins C’Wealth literary prize.In: ChampionNewspaper, Nigeria. 13 March 2010, archived fromOriginal16March 2010; retrieved 7 January 2014 (English).