Aniete Isong becomes first Nigerian to win McKitterick Prize
Anietie Isong, a Nigerian-British writer has won the 2018 McKItterick Prize for his debut novel Radio Sunrise. He received the award from broadcaster and actor, Stephen Fry, at the Authors’ Awards ceremony in the Royal Institute of British Achitects, London.
The McKitterick £4,000 prize was founded in 1990; administered by the Society of Authors, honours the first novel by a writer over 40 years old. Anietie is the first Nigerian to win the prize since it was established in 1990. The award have seen winners like Helen Dunmore, Petina Gappah and Mark Haddon.
About the Author
He has worked as a journalist, speechwriter and communications manager in Nigeria and the UK. He holds a PhD in New Media and Writing
Anietie Isong is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, where he studied Communication Arts, He worked in broadcasting for Metro FM, before relocating to the United Kingdom. There, he studied at the University of Leicester. Later on, he won the MUSON Poetry Award for "These Many Rivers" and the Commonwealth Short Story Award for "Diary of an ECOMOG Soldier".
Isong has worked as a journalist, speechwriter and communications manager in Nigeria and the UK. He holds a PhD in New Media and Writing and he is a brother to Nollywood’s Emem Isong.
His debut novel Radio Sunrise explores the ills in the journalism profession in Nigeria.