Swedish Librarians have nominated authors from everywhere in the world, who have told a story about “humans in the world”. They have drawn up a longlist of 47 persons for the Alternative Nobel Prize Award, amongst which are Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, JK Rowling, Nnedi Okorafor, Sofi Oksanen, Olga Tokarczuk, Don DeLillo, Chimamanda Adichie, Neil Gaiman, Patti Smith, Elena Ferrante.
Three African writers made it to the longlist this year. They are; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
Chimamanda is a fearless author and a feminist who injects her views in her works and her words unapologetically. She has written a lot of books including Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, Americanah, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions and others.
Nnedi is a writer of fantasy and science fiction for adults and children. Some of her books are Zahrah the Windseeker, The Shadow Speaker, Long Juju Man, Iridessa and the Secret of the Never Mine, Akata Witch, Akata Warrior, Who Fears Death, Lagoon, The Book of Phoenix, Who Fears Death, Binti and others. Her recent collaboration with Marvel has announced her to the world.
The winner will be announced on October 14th and presented at a formal event with a grand celebration on December 10th 2018; and will receive one million kronor, which is about $112,000.
We are rooting for our own this year and hope a Nigerian brings home the award, just like Wole Soyinka did in 1986, when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.