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NLNG Prize 2012: Shortlist of 10

3rd September, 2012

Shortlist of 10 for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2012.

The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature led by Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo has announced an initial shortlist of 10 books in the running for the 2012 literature prize.

The list was presented by the Chairman, panel of judges for this year’s prize, Prof. Francis Abiola Irele. Prof Irele, Provost of the College of Humanities at the Kwara State University and Fellow of the Dubois Institute, Harvard University, said it took months of intensive scrutiny by the panel to produce the shortlist.

The initial shortlist, drawn from 214 entries from Nigerians at home and abroad, the largest number received since the prize was inaugurated in 2004, includes known and new writers.

The list, in alphabetical order of the authors’ surnames, is as follows:

1. Ngozi Achebe Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter
2. Ifeanyi Ajaegbo Sarah House
3. Jude Dibia Blackbird
4. Vincent Egbuson Zhero
5. Adaobi Tricia Nwuban I Do Not Come to You by Chance
6. Onuora Nzekwu Troubled Dust
7. Olusola Olugbesan Only a Canvas
8. Lola Shoneyin The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
9. E E Sule Sterile Sky
10. Chika Unigwe On Black Sister’s Street

The Advisory Board announced that the final shortlist will be released soon.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. The 2012 prize is for Prose fiction and comes with a cash prize of $100,000.

Members of the Panel of Judges
Prof Francis Abiola Irele
Prof JOJ Nwachukwu-Agbada
Prof Angela Miri
Prof Sophia Ogwude
Prof Oyeniyi Okunoye

Advisory Board
Prof Ayo Banjo
Dr Jerry Agada
Prof Ben Elugbe

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  1. The Nigeria Prize for Literature is in its 9th year of existence and we are very excited about the changes we have been able to witness in an increasingly improving Nigerian literary scene. This year, 214 entries were received for the prize, representing a cache of the leading prose fiction works released by Nigerians over the last four years. We invite you to join the conversation, learn more about the prize, the writers and the works entered-in for the prize by clicking the ‘like’ button on our Facebook page ( This way you not only join in, you can keep track of information on the prize via regular updates straight to your Facebook profiles. Welcome on board.

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