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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature has announced its 2019 longlist, led by I Do Not Come to You by Chance novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and previous prize finalist Jude Idada.

At $100,000, the NLNG Prize for Literature is the richest in Africa, and honours a published book. Founded in 2004, it rotates yearly among four genres: poetry, prose fiction, drama, and children’s literature. This year is for children’s literature.

Here are the eleven books longlisted from 173 submissions:

  • A Hero’s Welcome, Ndidi Enenmor
  • Boom, Boom, Jude Idada
  • Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  • Double ‘A’ for Adventure, Anisa Daniel-Oniko
  • Ginika’s Adventures, Nnena Ochiche
  • Igho Goes to Farm, Anote Ajeluorou
  • Mystery at Ebenezer’s Lodge, Dunni Olatunde
  • Obioma: A Girl’s Journey to Self-Discovery, Nkiru Uzoh
  • She Calls Him Daddy, Oladele Medaiyese
  • Spurred Surprises, Lami Adejoh Opawale
  • The Great Walls of Benin, O. T. Begho

The 2019 judges are Asabe Usman Kabir, professor of Oral and African Literatures at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto; Patrick Oloko, Senior Lecturer in African postcolonial literature, gender and cultural studies at the University of Lagos; and the chair Obodimma Oha, professor of Cultural Semiotics and Stylistics at the University of Ibadan.

The shortlist of three will be announced in September, and the winner in October.

Previous winners of the NLNG Prize include Gabriel Okara and Ezenwa Ohaeto (2004, poetry); Ahmed Yerima (2005, drama); Mabel Segun and Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (2007, children’s literature); Kaine Agary (2008, prose); Esiaba Irobi (2010, drama); Adeleke Adeyemi (2011, children’s literature); Chika Unigwe (2012, prose); Tade Ipadeola (2013, poetry); Sam Ukala (2014, drama); Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (2016, prose); Ikeogu Oke (2017, poetry); and Soji Cole (2018, drama).

The 2020 prize will be for prose fiction.

Congratulations to the eleven longlisted writers.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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