Alert! Books LIVE member Chika Unigwe has won the Nigeria Prize for Literature for her novel On Black Sisters’ Street. The announcement was made today, with NLNG, the sponsors of the prize, saying that Unigwe “displayed a very sophisticated narrative technique”.
AI: @chikeunigwe displayed a very sophisticated narrative technique
— NigeriaPrizeforLit (@NGRLitPrize) November 1, 2012
The prize carries an astounding purse of $100 000 and is the biggest literary prize in Africa. Congratulations to Chika!
The other nine shortlisted books are as follows:
Lola Shoneyin (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives), Ngozi Achebe (Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter), Ifeanyi Ajaegbo (Sarah House), Jude Dibia (Blackbird), Vincent Egbuson (Zhero), Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (I Do Not Come to You by Chance), Onuora Nzekwu (Troubled Dust), Olusola Olugbesan (Only a Canvas) and EE Sule (Sterile Sky).
Unigwe’s On Black Sister’s Street was also longlisted for this year’s Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
Huge congratulations to @chikaunigwe for winning the NLNG prize. What fantastic news!
— Chibundu Onuzo (@ChibunduOnuzo) November 1, 2012
And some media reaction to the win:
Chika Unigwe was announced winner of the NLNG sponsored Nigerian prize for Literature on Thursday 1 November at a world press conference held at the Ocean View Restaurant in Victora Island, Lagos.
- On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe
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