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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:

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  • 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.

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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.