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 Finecountry – Avenger 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).