Last year came to an end with me getting a mail from the Nigerian Writers Award group that I had been listed on their 100 Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40. Not a bad way to end the year, right?
My second year on the list and I smiled at the group of names there too: friends like the phenomenal Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, my brothers, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, T. J. Benson and Romeo Oriogun, the poetic maestros Basiru Bash Amuneni, Dike Chukwumerije, Efe Paul Azino and Graciano Enwerem, the graceful Amara Nicole Okolo, Dami Ajayi, Kenechi Uzor, Eketi Edima Ette, Elnathan John, Emmanuel Iduma, Olulu Holloway, Jumoke Verissimo… to mention a few of my people on the list.
It has been an interesting year for me in every way. There have been several challenges but also accolades. I have spent more time on the SEVHAGE front fighting battles including technical demons that saw our website crash for several months, printer devils [pun intended!], amongst other issues. In the midst all of this, there were several blessings. Most importantly, I welcomed a daughter with my wife, Agatha – that is gist for another time. I also got to feature prominently in two literary festivals – the Abuja Writers’ Forum’s literary festival and that of the Abuja Literary Society. I was on a panel with Zaynab Alkali’s daughters in the former and facilitated a workshop alongside Dike Chukwumerije in the latter. I was part of a pre-festival workshop for the Minna Book Festival… These are just a few. I was published in a couple of fine places online and in-print and to the gist of this post – I was shortlisted for some awards.
OVERALL PRIZE: $1000 (NZD)
GENRE: SHORT FICTION
The submission window for the 2019 Prize is open and will close on the 1st of December 2018. The K & L Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (1000 – 2000 words). This is only eligible to African writers living in Africa, ages 18 – 25.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I was shortlisted for The ANA Prize for Children’s Literature for my book, Once upon a village tale! Yaaaaaay! The book is a collection of stories tied together by a running thread which is a father telling children these tales on a village night. The idea is to capture in book form some of the stories that I had been told as a child. We are growing so fast we have forgotten some of those fine tales which helped us grow. Those told us by our fathers and mothers. You should work towards getting one soon. I had so much fun working on it, since I got to sing and dance while ensuring the songs and stories inside would be lively enough to read to my target audience – children and those young at heart, everyone who wants to keep a piece of our culture.
The ANA 2017 Literary Prize Winners were announced by one of the judges, Dr. Owojecho Omoha of the University of Abuja at the ANA Convention awards dinner on Saturday 28th October, 2017 held at Royal Choice Inn, Makurdi, Benue State. Only three categories (Drama, Poetry and Prose) were awarded out of the six contestable ANA … Continue reading ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS (ANA) 2017 LITERARY PRIZES WINNERS
The Judges of the Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prizes are pleased to release the short list for the 2015 ANA Prizes. The names and titles are listed below in no particular order. ANA PROSE FICTION PRIZE Avenger of Blood – Franklin Finecountry 2. On the Bank of the River – Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi … Continue reading ANA LITERARY PRIZES SHORT LIST 2016 ANNOUNCED
The Short Story Day Africa Prize (worth R10,000) is one of Africa’s prominent short story awards. It is pan-African and is theme-based. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Migrations’. The 2016 long list includes the talented and award winning writers, the South African Karen Jennings, the Botswanan Lauri Kubuistile, the Nigerians TJ Benson (in whom we … Continue reading Karen Jennings, Kubuitsile, TJ Benson, Tochukwu Okafor, others make 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize Long List (Announced)
It wasn’t one of my best years in this blogging business. There were many days, even weeks when I left this space dry… It wasn’t a funny year. A lot of people will testify. But together we made it and… …we got some numbers. And a few comments 🙂 Thanks for being part of my … Continue reading Blog Numbers of 2015 in review
Hey, how are you? I hope you are fine. Even if things are difficult, they will only get better. Trust me, I know. This is that season when there is so much pressure. You know, trying to make things right even as this tight economy makes you wonder if you are human. Money seems to … Continue reading SMILE! I GOT A GIFT FOR YOU… PLUS OTHER GIST