The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, led by Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo has announced an initial shortlist of eleven books, drawn from 173 books in contention for the 2016 Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNGsponsored Nigeria Prize for Literature) worth $100,000.
The shortlist, according to a statement by Kudo Eresia-Eke General Manager, External Relations of NLNG is made up of entries from Nigerian writers at home and in diaspora, parades well-known writers as well as first time novelists.
The names of the eleven authors and their works are:
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Season of Crimson Blossoms
Aramide Segun Enitan Daughter of Destiny
Chika Unigwe Night Dancer
Elnathan John Born on a Tuesday
Ifeoluwa Adeniyi On the Bank of the River
Ifeoma Okoye The Fourth World
Mansim Chumah Okafor The Parable of the Lost Shepherds
Maryam Awaisu Burning Bright
Ogochukwu Promise Sorrow’s Joy
Sefi Atta A Bit of Difference
Yejide Kilanko Daughters who walk this path
Chika Unigwe won The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2012 with her book On Black Sister’s Street. She is also a judge for the 2017 Man-Booker Prize. Promise Ogochukwu is the author of over fifteen novels, founder of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and two-time contender for The Nigeria Prize for Literature. Sefi Atta, is the author of Everything Good Will Come (which won the Wole Soyinka Prize in 2006 amongst others). She was shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2006). Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (a humble but deep writer) and Elnathan John have won several prizes, and were notably shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2013 (John was also shortlisted in 2015). Ifeoluwa Adeniyi, a radio broadcaster with her debut novel On the Bank of the River was on the Etisalat longlist 2015.
The winner of the 2016 NLNG prize for Literature worth $100,000 would be announced later in the year.
(by Su’eddie Vershima Agema with extra from The Nation)