Nigeria’s Jekwu Anyaegbuna wins Common wealth short story prize (African region) 2012!


The Common Wealth prize for best first book and short story, is a prestigious literary platform of international repute. Following months of critical assessment, the regional winners for both categories have been announced. Although no Nigerian won in the book category, the Nation’s name was stamped on the short story category. The under-listed winners will have to keep their fingers crossed to know who wins the overall prize in each of the categories worldwide on June 8th at the UK’s Hay festival.

Commonwealth Book Prize 2012: Regional Winners

Regional Winner, Africa
Jacques Strauss, South Africa, The Dubious Salvation of Jack V, Jonathan Cape

Regional Winner, Asia
Shehan Karunatilaka, Sri Lanka, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, Random House

Regional Winner, Canada and Europe
Riel Nason, Canada, The Town that Drowned, Goose Lane Editions

Regional Winner, Caribbean
Alecia McKenzie, Jamaica, Sweetheart, Peepal Tree Press

Regional Winner, Pacific
Cory Taylor, Australia, Me and Mr Booker, The Text Publishing Company

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2012: Regional Winners

Regional Winner, Africa
Jekwu Anyaegbuna, Nigeria, Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)

Regional Winner, Asia
Anushka Jasraj, India, Radio Story

Regional Winner, Canada and Europe
Andrea Mullaney, UK, The Ghost Marriage

Regional Winner, Caribbean
Diana McCaulay, Jamaica, The Dolphin Catcher

Regional Winner, Pacific
Emma Martin, New Zealand, Two Girls in a Boat

Congrats to Jekwu Anyaegbuna for making us proud!

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