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Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, receiving The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. Also honoured at the Lagos ceremony were: Davido, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music; Anthony Joshua, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sports; and WizKid, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year, an award won in 2008 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Future Awards, currently in its 12th year, celebrates Africans between ages 18 and 31 who are deemed to be making a difference in their respective fields—arts, technology, entertainment, business, agriculture, public service.

Here is part of Ayobami’s citation on her nomination profile:

With translation rights acquired in 13 countries and a loyal following, Adebayo has become a bright new voice for contemporary fiction out of Nigeria and voice for women everywhere. Her ability to lay bare the plight of Nigerian women and the injustices they face as a result of systematic misogyny fuelled patriarchy (sic) has struck a nerve with women everywhere and reinforced the need for gender equality now.

Congratulations to Ayobami Adebayo.

See the full list of winners HERE.

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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.

2 Responses to “Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua” Subscribe

  1. Brittle Paper Fan December 14, 2017 at 12:59 am #

    Go girlie go girlie go! Congrats Ayobami. So, so proud of you.

  2. Mike December 14, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Stunning looks BTW.

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