Abubakar Adam Ibrahim won the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature based on his work “Season of Crimson Blossom”… congrats to him, he’s now $100,000 richer!!!…what a way to be enriched during this recession period…hmm back to the gist.
Three finalists were shortlisted for the prestigious prize; Elnathan John (author of Born On A Tuesday); Chika Unigwe, (author of Night Dancer), and Mr. Ibrahim. They survived the cut from the long list of 173 authors who entered for the competition.
Past winners of the prize include;
Gabriel Okara’s – The Dreamer, His Vision (co-winner of the 2005 prize, awarded in poetry)
Ezenwa Ohaeto – (co-winner in 2005 for poetry)- Chants of a Minstrel
Ahmed Yerima (2006, drama) for Hard Ground
Mabel Segun (co-winner in 2007, awarded for children’s literature) for her collection of short plays Reader’s Theatre
Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (co-winner in 2007, children’s literature) – My Cousin Sammy
Kaine Agary (in 2008, prose) – Yellow Yellow
Esiaba Irobi (2010, for drama), won the prize posthumously – Cemetery Road
Adeleke Adeyemi (2011, children’s literature) with The Missing Clock
Chika Unigwe (2012, prose) – On Black Sisters’ Street
Tade Ipadeola (2013, for poetry) – The Sahara Testaments
Sam Ukala (2014, drama) – Iredi War
Next year’s prize would be awarded for the poetry genre…so if you’re a poet…get cracking and have it published this year…