The shortlisted candidates for the 2019 AFIRE Linda Ikeji Prize for Literature have been released by the organisers of the competition, where the winner will go home with a cash prize of N1 million.
Sponsored by the richest blogger in Nigeria, Linda Ikeji, the competition is for upcoming and emerging writers of African descent. The shortlist comprises of 16 writers, carefully selected from over 150 submissions around the world.
The AFIRE Linda Ikeji Prize is open to African writers of any nationality, writing in English from anywhere in the world, whether published or not, an update about the competition on Linda Ikeji’s blog announced on Saturday, October 4, see the list below:
Shortlist of 2019 AFIRE Linda Ikeji Prize for Literature and their writing
- Pat Anetor: A Son For My Son
- Vivian Ofre: These Little Things
- Gideon Uzoma Umezurike: Victims of Duty
- Edidiong Edet: A Dream in the Jungle
- Ayo Collins: Drumbeats of a Nigerian Student
- Ojoi Igajah: Amokeye: The Dilemma of a Priest
- Osarhieme Okungbowa: Angels Do Cry
- Itunu Ajao: Hubris
- Evans Ufelli: A Gathering of the Tribes
- Ayo Oyeku (Ayla Faircountry): Reeds on the Rivers
- Adeola Adejokun: Unborn Children
- Peter O. Ibe: This Is How We Do It
- Obinna Ochem: Living in the Ghetto
- Oluwaseyi Adebola: A Cluster of Petals
- Eleanya Ndukwe Jnr: Afrocentric Cinematic Creations and Analyses
- C. Ukah: Dear Juju Witches
The Editor of African Indie Writers Review, Odega Shawa, in a statement said, “The African Indie Writers Review has come to stay, both as an e-journal of new and emerging writers in Africa and from Africa and as a platform for transformation.
“This is AFIRE’s first offer to emerging writers from the motherland. The message is clear. Keep writing, no matter what.
“The challenges that face new and emerging writers are enormous, especially on the continent. But the fire must never die. This is also a special call to new and emerging female writers. Frankly, we did not hear too much from you.
“The editor also thanked the sponsor of the competition, Linda Ikeji for supporting writing, “We hope to hear more from you in the future. We thank our benefactor, blogger and philanthropist, Linda Ikeji, for the support.
“She has promised more to this partnership with AFIRE. We cannot wait. As a writer herself she understands, more than anybody perhaps, what Africa needs for her pen never to go silent. We appreciate her vision to continue giving back, not just to her community, but to the whole continent.”
The Shortlist and Winner of AFIRE Linda Ikeji Prize for Literature
According to the organisers, the shortlist of five books will be announced on the November 10, 2019 while the winner will be announced on December 1, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria, “There will be a media reception for the Winner Announcement.”
We’ll keep you updated.