Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
3 shortlisted for US$100,000 NLNG Literature Prize

By News Express on 07/09/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 3,768


The shortlist of three entries has been approved by the Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited. This announcement follows an initial shortlist of eleven which was released in July. The three shortlisted entries, in alphabetic order, are Born on a Tuesday (Elnathan John), Night Dancer (Chika Unigwe) and Season of Crimson Blossoms (Abubakar Adam Ibrahim).

According to the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo, the eventual winner of the competition will be announced at a World Press Conference in October, 2016.

Born on a Tuesday, published by Parresia Books, is a story about contemporary northern Nigeria which has over the years experienced religious violence and carnage as seen through the eyes of a young man. Born on a Tuesday is Elnathan John’s first novel. John is a writer, lawyer and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow. He has also been shortlisted twice by the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Chika Unigwe’s Night Dancer, published by Jonathan Cape, focusses on the young protagonist’s search for identity and her consequent reappraisal of her mother’s values. Chika Unigwe is a writer and the 2012 winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature, with her novel On Black Sisters Street. Unigwe sits on the Board of Trustees of pan-African literary initiative Writivism, and was recently appointed a judge for the Man Booker Prize, 2017.

Season of Crimson Blossoms is a novel set in conservative northern Nigeria. It focusses on unusual love affairs between characters, as well as ambiguities in religion and politics. Published by Cassava Republic Press, Season of Crimson Blossoms is Ibrahim’s debut novel. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).

The Chairman of the Panel of Judges is Prof. Dan Izevbaye, a well-respected literary critic and professor of Literature in English. Prof. Izevbaye has been visiting lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury, visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania, University of Benin, and University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He has been external examiner or curriculum consultant at University of the West Indies.

Other judges are Asabe Usman Kabir, professor of Oral and African Literatures at UsmanuDanfodiyo University, Sokoto and Isidore Diala, first winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism and professor of African literature in the Department of English, Imo State University, Owerri.

Other members of the Advisory Board, besides Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo, two-time Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan, are Prof. Jerry Agada, former Minister of State for Education, former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, and Professor Emeritus Ben Elugbe, former President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and president of the West-African Linguistic Society (2004-2013).

The Nigeria Prize for Literature has since 2004 rewarded eminent writers such as Gabriel Okara for his volume of poetry, The Dreamer, His Vision (co-winner 2005 – poetry); Professor Ezenwa Ohaeto, for his volume of poetry, Chants of a Minstrel (co-winner 2005 poetry); Ahmed Yerima (2006 – drama) for his book Hard Ground;  Mabel Segun (co-winner 2007 – children’s literature) for her collection of short plays Reader’s Theatre; Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (co-winner 2007 – children’s literature) with her book, My Cousin Sammy; Kaine Agary (2008 – prose) for her novel Yellow Yellow; EsiabaIrobi (2010 – drama) who won the prize posthumously with his book Cemetery Road; Adeleke Adeyemi (2011 – children’s literature) with his book The Missing Clock and Chika Unigwe (2012 – prose), with her novel, On Black Sisters’ Street, Tade Ipadeola (2013 – poetry) with his collection of poems, The Sahara Testaments and Sam Ukala (2014-drama) with his play, Iredi War.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. The 2016 Prize is for prose fiction and comes with a cash prize of $100,000. Next year’s prize will be for poetry. A total of 173 entries for the prize were received this year.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature and The Nigeria Prize for Science are some of Nigeria LNG Limited’s numerous contributions towards building a better Nigeria.

Source News Express

Posted 07/09/2016 05:46:54 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Brain drain: Zamfara loses 20 doctors in 6...

Ukah enjoins Deltans to love one another as...

FG moves to tackle security challenges at airports...

Paul Le Guen, Gernot Rohr: World Cup qualification...

America investigating death of soldiers in Niger ambush...

Lagos Govt disburses cheques to tanker fire victims...

Court warns Kaduna government against demolishing Sen. Hunkuyi’s...

Easter: Gov Dickson calls for greater sacrifice, peace,...

Mark my word, Buhari'll never be president, Fayose...

PDP complains of ‘mago mago’ in Edo governorship...

Petrol cars to vanish in 8 years: Professor...

Global economy forecast for strong growth in 2018...

 

Latest News Special security force nabs gunrunner, soldier, policeman, 4 Fulani militia men fuelling herdsmen/farmers crisis Madumere wins again as court refuses to vacate order restraining the swearing-in of new Imo Deputy Gov 2 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia — NAHCON Mad man stabs monarch to death in Ekiti Solider, 21 herdsmen die in Benue gun battle Ngige eyes Anambra Central Senatorial seat, says he is under pressure to contest Boko Haram razes 40 houses in reprisal attack Police uncover plan to disrupt Sallah, Durbar celebrations in Kwara Buhari orders Security Chiefs to make Nigeria safe Court halts EFCC’s probe of Benue accounts Why we demolished Ayefele’s Music House — Oyo State Government Ebonyi suspends collection of personal income tax, illegal levies

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (379,380 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (367,604 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (297,369 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (242,629 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (223,687 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (217,671 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (193,341 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (175,466 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (160,085 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (158,986 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (153,276 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (143,510 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (56) Business & Economy (3,468) Business Verdict (48) Columnists (912) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (529) Features (642) Global Business Monitor (295) International (2,283) Interview (162) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (135) News (38,184) Opinion (1,064) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,115) Religion (833) Sports (1,654) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Yinka Ayefele's Music House Demolished

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement