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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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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he 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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