Young Artists Day: Sunita
New short story by young Nigerian writer Chibundu Onuzo for Radio 3's Young Artists Day. A young woman's new hairdo forces her to face up to some difficult questions about identity.
A new short story by acclaimed young Nigerian writer Chibundu Onuzo for BBC Radio 3's Young Artists Day
For Dolapo, a young Nigerian graduate job seeker living in London, getting her first hair weave is a bit of a milestone. But whether your hair is wavy, straight, light or dark, is a highly contested issue in her community. For her it's about aspiration. And so despite her misgivings about using human grown hair from India, she gets her first weave. But when she starts having strange dreams about her new hairstyle's origins, she is forced to reconsider some of her own assumptions about identity.
Writer: Chibundu Onuzo
Reader: Joan Iyiola
Producer: Simon Richardson
BBC Radio 3's Young Artists Day.
Radio 3 salutes some of the new and upcoming talent active in the arts today under the age of 25. As well as hearing from young choreographers, composers, musicians and writers throughout the day, Radio 3 will be playing music of great composers in their youthful periods, alongside recordings of seminal performers made when they were young.