Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, has been announced as the winner of the 2016 NLNG Prize for Literature.

He emerged winner out of 11 shortlisted writers and three finalists

The announcement was made on Wednesday, October 12, at a news conference in Lagos.

Ibrahim won the prize, which is worth N100,000, for his debut novel titled, Season of Crimson Blossoms.

His only other work, a short stories collection titled, The Whispering Trees, was long-listed for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Ibrahim, a writer and journalist, and holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos.

He had earlier won the BBC African Performance Prize and the Association of Nigerian Authors Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose.

Ibrahim is also a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).

He is currently chairman of the panel of judges for the Etisalat Flash Fiction award.

The other two finalists for this year’s prize were, Elnathan John (Born On A Tuesday) and China Unigwe (Night Dancer) – who won the last prize in the fiction genre for her book, On Black Sisters’ Street.

The NLNG Prize For Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres of Prose Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children’s Literature.

Next year’s prize will be awarded in the Poetry genre.


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