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Jumoke Verissimo, who has been featured on Brittle Paper, is longlisted for the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature.

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well known names as Tanure Ojaide, Obari Gomba, and Jumoke Verissimo whom we’ve featured.

At $100,000, the NLNG Prize for Literature is the richest in Africa, and honours a published book of literature. It rotates among four genres: poetry, prose fiction, drama, children’s literature. 2017 is for poetry.

Here are the longlisted poets and collections.

  • ​Iconography, Peter Akinlabi​.
  • One Day I’ll Dare to Raise My Middle ​​​​​​Finger at the Stork and the Reaper, Hyginus Ekwuazi.​​​
  • For Every Homeland, Obari​​​ Gomba.
  • A Good Mourning, Ogaga Ifowodo.​​​
  • Garri for Breakfast, Seun Lari-Williams.
  • Echoes of Neglect, Humphrey Ogu.​​
  • Songs of Myself: Quartet, Tanure Ojaide.
  • The Heresiad, Ikeogu​​ Oke​.
  • Blood Streams in the Desert, Abubakar Othman. ​​
  • The Birth of Illusion, Jumoke Verissimo.​
  • ​Of Waters and the Wild, Ebi Yeibo.​​​​

The judges are: Tade Ipadeola, winner of the 2013 prize, which was the last prize for poetry, for his collection, The Sahara Testaments; Razinat Mohammed, associate professor of literature at the Universty of Maidugri; and the chair, Ernest Enenyonu, professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.

The 2016 prize, for prose fiction, went to Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms.

The 2017 shortlist will be announced in September, and the winner in October.

Congratulations to the eleven poets.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, he is the author of the short stories: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Submissions Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

5 Responses to “The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist” Subscribe

  1. David 2017/07/24 at 08:55 #

    Congrats Jumoke! Rooting for you!

  2. pearl osibu 2017/07/24 at 10:43 #

    Jumoke for the moneyyyyyyy!! Ahoo.
    Congratulations to all the longlistees and good luck.

  3. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/07/24 at 13:15 #

    Congrats Jumoke! more ink to your pen

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