Shortlist of three for NLNG sponsored US$100,000 literature prize emerges

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The shortlist of three entries has been approved by the Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited. This announcement follows an initial shortlist of eleven which was released in July. The three shortlisted entries, in alphabetic order, are Born on a Tuesday (Elnathan John), Night Dancer (Chika Unigwe) and Season of Crimson Blossoms (Abubakar Adam Ibrahim).

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Elnathan John’s debut novel out November 12


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Excitement and anticipation for Elnathan John’s debut novel, Born on a Tuesday, is building ahead of its formal release by Cassava Republic Press on November 12. The title has been trending on social media, following an informal pre-launch reading in Abuja organised by the author, using the hashtag #elnathansBOAT, with members of the Nigerian twitterati such as Omojuwa and Chioma Chuka in attendance.

Born on a Tuesday has already been gathering advance praise, with Taiye Selasi, the celebrated author of best-seller Ghana Must Go noting that “Anyone seeking to peer beyond the media’s portrayals of Boko Haram must read this book, not because it offers a hopeful account but because it offers a human one.” Continue reading