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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator 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. Born in Aba, he combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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

  1. Brittle Paper Fan 2017/12/14 at 00:59 #

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

  2. Mike 2017/12/14 at 08:39 #

    Stunning looks BTW.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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