March 24th to April 15th 2016 (Entry closes at 12:00 pm)
As part of its core objectives of revitalizing and stimulating reading culture in Nigeria and Africa, Literamed Publications Ltd, publishers of Lantern books, is delighted to announce a book reading/summary competition tagged “WIN@LANTERN” Reading Contest. Continue reading
By Kole Omotoso. Originally published on guardian.ng
E jawo ninu apon ti ko yo!
E lo gb’omi ‘la kana!
Desist from the pursuit of a blind alley!
Follow the path of humane possibilities! Continue reading
An angry Ayi Kwei Armah seems to be delighting in rubbing in his disdain for the acknowledged father of the African novel, Chinua Achebe, in a new collection of essays titled Remembering the Dismembered Continent .
Best known for his 1968 debut novel The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Armah reproduces in the collection two sarcastic letters he wrote Achebe in response to Achebe’s critique of Armah in one of the essays in Achebe’sMorning Yet on Creation Day (published in 1975). Continue reading
Fiston Mwanza Mujila has been announced as the 2015 winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature for his novel Tram 83.
The 34-year-old novelist was awarded the £15,000 prize minutes ago at the Intecontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos (19 March). Continue reading
2016 ANA LITERARY PRIZES: CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2016 literary competitions. The prizes are:
1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
4. ANA/NECO Teen Author Prize (prose) N 100,000.00 (published & unpublished)
5. ANA/Mazariyya Teen Authors Prize (poetry) N 50,000.00 (published & unpublished)
6. ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on criticism of emergent Nigerian Literature) – N100, 000
7. ANA/ Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (Short Stories Collection-Published) – N200, 000.
8. ANA/Ngozi Chuma-Udeh Prize for Children’s Writing (Published works only –for 7-13 years age range)- N50,000
Nigerian writers, at home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2015 and March 2016.
On Saturday, March 19 2016 a winner will emerge in the third edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature. It is a three-way literary battle on who will win Africa’s most prestigious literature Prize. The shortlisted books are The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by South Africa’s Penny Busetto, Tram 83 by Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila and What Will People Say? by another South African, Rehana Rossouw. Continue reading
THE TWO BABISHAI 2016 POETRY AWARDS
CATEGORY 1-THE BABISHAIKU 2016 POETRY AWARD
Guidelines for submissions:
What will Nigeria do when oil has passed
out of favour? What shall we hold as lasting
gains from many decades of oil wealth?
…very soon, the world will tell Nigeria to
drink its crude oil
Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta after half a century exploration. The discovery was made by Shell-BP, at the time the soil concessionaire. Nigeria joined the ranks of oil producers in 1958 when its first oil field came on stream producing 5,100 Pd. The discovery, in due course, revolutionised the Nigerian economy. Today, Nigeria has risen to become Africa’s biggest oil producer. However, what the Nigerian government has done with the gains accrued from many decades of oil wealth is a question on the lips of the Nigerian masses. The oil boom, thanks to the insensitivity of the government, has become a curse, rather than a blessing, to the masses. The oil wealth is only concentrated in the hands of few cabals. Rather than enjoying the natural gift, the Nigerian masses have only been victims of oil spillage, gas flaring, and so on. Continue reading