Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

20150915-obioma

Chigozie Obioma – (c) Craig Chandler/University Communications

Congrats to Chigozie Obioma for winning the Financial Times Emerging Voices Award. He won the high-profile prize for his novel The Fishermenone of the most successful debuts in the contemporary African literary scene.

The novel has been embraced by readers and critics in Europe and America. And Cassava Republic is already working on a Nigerian edition, which they plan to release next year.

This win comes ahead of the announcement of the Man Booker Prize, for which Obioma has been shortlisted.

The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards individuals in the creative industry doing interesting work. It is a stiffly competitive prize—Obioma being one of three to emerge winner from a batch of  872 entries.

The Fishermen is a dark, family drama chronicling the gradual loss of trust and familial bonds among four brothers. During the interview at the award ceremony, Obioma mentions writing the novel as a tribute to the bond among his own brothers.

Lorien Kite, who wrote a glowing review of the book for Financial Times, says The Fishermen is a novel of “vivid images.” He also seemed pleased by the way Obioma seamlessly weaves the supernatural and the mythic into everyday life. Obioma, Kite suggests, is a fascinating blend of two seemingly opposing African literary influences—Amos Tutuola and Chinua Achebe.

Congrats to Obioma!

Watch Obioma being interviewed at the award.

 

 

Post image via University of Nebraska News Room

Tags: , , , ,

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Itiola Jones Joins 20.35 Africa Poetry Collective as an Editor

itiola jones - graph

The American Nigerian poet Itiola Jones has joined the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective as an editor. […]

After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

marco-bianchetti-KFzvvFitypM-unsplash

Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the […]

Sumbua | Gloria Mari | Fiction

zakaria-zayane-Xaeo-OpD39M-unsplash

BEATRICE WATCHES THE parking lot, her ornamental beads jingling. “Is Sumbua coming?” she asks her mother standing beside her. Her […]

Americanah TV Series: Chinonye Chukwu to Direct First Two Episodes, Corey Hawkins Joins Cast as Blaine

chinonye chukwu and corey hawkins for Americanah

Chinonye Chukwu, the Igbo-born director of last year’s Sundance award-winning film Clemency, will be directing the first two episodes of […]

Photos | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is the Inaugural Recipient of the ILFU Festival’s Belle van Zuylen ring

Chimamanda - Belle van Zuylen ring 1 (6)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been honoured with the inaugural Belle van Zuylen ring, an award by the ILFU International Literature […]

The 2000s-10s Generation of Nigerian Writers Has Failed Politically | Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera

nigeria map graph

1. At the Ake Arts and Books Festival in Lagos last October, the novelist Helon Habila said something about identifying […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.