Jumoke Verissimo

Jumoke Verissimo

The Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prizes 2016 shortlists were announced on 2nd October 2016.

The Association of Nigerian Authors is the most vibrant of author associations on the continent with branches all over the West African nation. The organisation was started in 1981 with “father of African literature” Professor Chinua Achebe being its prime mover. Since then, the ANA as members like calling it has been in the forefront of the promotion of Nigerian Literature and the interest of Nigerian writers.

In 2016, the entries will be judged by Prof Nelson Fashina-University of Ibadan, Mallam Salihu Mohammed Bappa- Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Ismaila Bala Garba-  Bayero University,Kano, Dr Owojecho Omoha- University of Abuja, and Joan Oji- Educational Resource Centre, Abuja. The categories handed out will be in poetry, prose, drama, children’s literature, and literary journalism.

The winners of the various prizes will be announced at the awards dinner of the 35th Anniversary International Convention of the Association coming on Saturday the 29th of October,2016 in Abuja.

Please find those in the running for this years awards in the various categories.

ANA Prose fiction prize 

Franklin FinecountryAvenger of Blood

Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi – On the Bank of the River                           

Henry Akubuiro – Prodigals in Paradise

Othuke Ominiabohs – Odufa: A Lovers’ Tale.

ANA drama prize

Fela Omoyele – Kosoko King of Eko

OlatundeBolaji – Sacking the Porter

R.C. Ofodile – Fated Rift

ANA poetry prize  

Obari Gomba  – Thunder Protocol 

Saddiq Dzukogi – Kontradiction 

Jumoke Verissimo – Birth of Illusion

ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories

Peter Ukwa – River People and Other Stories

Paul Ugah – Midnight Cry

C. Ofodile- From Sin to Splendour

The ANA/ Ngozi Chuma Udeh Prize for Children’s Literature

Augusta Mmakamba Okon –  The Quest for the Gem of Arubia

Ozimede Sunny Ekhaalume – Sunny and the Arodan

Philip Begho – Water-Carrier Millionaire

ANA/MARIA AJIMA PRIZE FOR LITERARY CRITICISM

“The Film Script, Nollywood and Cultural Diplomacy: Criticism of Artist’s Knowledge of the Film Story.” by Nwagbo Pat Obi (for Honorable Mention only).