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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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