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Winner of the poetry category, Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye, receives her plaque and cheque.

Two writers published by us, Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye and Jonathan Durunguma, have won the poetry and prose categories of the inaugural Okike Prize for Literature.

Founded this year, the Okike Prize for Literature honours fiction, poetry and plays by Nigerian undergraduates. The winner of each category receives N50,000.

We’ve published poetry by Shade Mary-Ann Olaoye, as well as fiction by both her and Jonathan Durunguma.

Jonathan Durunguma’s representative receives his award on his behalf.

Congratulations to Shade and Jonathan.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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.

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