15 July 2016
Out of 173 books sent in, a shortlist of 11 authors has been announced by the Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize in Literature, led by Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo, for this year’s Literature Prize for Prose Fiction.
The list was decided by a panel of judges that includes, Prof. Dan Izevbaye, literary critic and professor of English Language as Chairman, Professor Asabe Usman Kabir, Professor of Oral and African Literature and Professor Isidore Diala, a Professor of African Literature and the first winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism.
The shortlisted authors and their books are;
Chika Unigwe: Night Dancer (2014).
Ogochukwu Promise: Sorrow’s Joy
Yejide Kilanko: Daughters Who Walk This Path.
Ifeoma Okoye: The Fourth World
Sefi Atta: A Bit of Difference
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim: Season of Crimson Blossoms
Ifeoluwa Adeniyi: On the Bank of the River
Elnathan John: Born On A Tuesday
Aramide Segun: Eniitan Daughter of Destiny
Maryam Awaisu: Burning Bright
Mansim Chumah Okafor: The Parable of the Lost Shepherds
The NLNG Prize For Literature is presented annually since 2004 and is sponsored by Nigeria LNG in partnership with the Nigerian Academy of Letters to bring Nigerian authors to public attention and celebrate excellence in literary craftsmanship.
The Prize for Literature rotates among four genres – Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children’s literature – and is worth 100,000 dolars, making it the largest African literary prize and one of the richest literary prizes in the world.
The last winner for the fiction category was Chika Unigwe, for her book: “On Black Sisters’ Street”.
Out of the shortlisted eleven, a shortlist of three will be drawn in September and the winner, if there is any, will be announced in October.
If no winner is decided, it will not be the first time. In 2009, no winner was chosen for the poetry category and the prize money was given to The Nigerian Academy of Letters.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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