The Chairman, panel of judges for this year’s prize, Prof. Francis Abiola Irele, unveiled the names of authors who had made the long list or what they termed as the first short list. View the list below:
1. Ngozi Achebe Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter
2. Ifeanyi Ajaegbo: Sarah House
3. Jude Dibia: Blackbird
4. Vincent Egbuson: Zhero
5. Adaobi Tricia Nwubani : I Do Not Come to You by Chance
6. Onuora Nzekwu : Troubled Dust
7. Olusola Olugbesan : Only a Canvas
8. Lola Shoneyin : The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
9. E. E. Sule : Sterile Sky
10. Chika Unigwe : On Black Sister’s Street
The Advisory Board announced that the final shortlist will be released soon.
The 2012 prize is for Prose fiction and comes with a cash prize of $100,000.