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Abubakar Ibrahim wins 2016 Nigerian Prize for Literature

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 29/11/2016 - 15:48

 

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has been is winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature. He was awarded with §100,000, for his novel, Season of Crimson Blossom.

Mr. Ibrahim, Nigerian journalist and writer is a first-time novelist. He was winner of the BBC African Performance Prize, the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose; and earlier awarded the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).

The winner of the prize, which is awarded annually by the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NNLG), was announced at a World Press Conference held in Sheraton Hotels in Lagos.

The announcement was made by Prof. Ayo Banjo, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the prize, who praised Mr. Ibrahim’s work.

Three finalists had earlier been named for this year’s edition of the prize. They were Elnathan John (author of Born On A Tuesday); Chika Unigwe, (author of Night Dancer), and, Mr. Ibrahim.

A total of 173 authors of prose fiction entered for the competition this year, which had at the head of its judging panel Prof. Dan Izevbaye, the renowned professor of Literature and literary critic.

The other judges include Asabe Usman Kabir, professor of Oral and African Literatures at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Isidore Diala, professor of African Literature in the Department of English, Imo State University, Owerri.

Celebrating literary excellence for the twelfth year running,

The Nigeria Prize for Literature has since 2004 rewarded eminent writers such as Gabriel Okara for his volume, The Dreamer, His Vision; Ezenwa Ohaeto, for Chants of a Minstrel; Ahmed Yerima’s 2006 drama for Hard Ground; Mabel Segun for her collection of short plays Reader’s Theatre; and Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo with My Cousin Sammy.

Also, Kaine Agary in 2008, for her novel Yellow Yellow; Esiaba Irobi in 2010 for drama Cemetery Road; Adeleke Adeyemi with The Missing Clock and Chika Unigwe’s 2012, prose On Black Sisters’ Street, Tade Ipadeola with his collection of poems, The Sahara Testaments and Sam Ukala 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.

 

Mr. Ibrahim, journalist and writer is a first-time novelist. He was winner of the BBC African Performance Prize, the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose; and earlier awarded the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).

The 2016 Prize is for prose fiction and comes with a cash prize of $100, 000. Next year’s prize will be for poetry. Mr. Ibrahim, journalist and writer is a first-time novelist. He was winner of the BBC African Performance Prize, the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose; a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015) – lays out the influences that have shaped his world view, and his hope of possibly winning the grand prize.

 

 

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