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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim wins $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature for Season of Crimson Blossoms

Fiction Friday: Forbidden Love in Northern Nigeria - Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's Debut Novel Season of Crimson Blossoms
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Alert! Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has won The Nigeria Prize for Literature for his debut novel Season of Crimson Blossoms.

The shortlist for the award was Ibrahim, Elnathan John for Born on a Tuesday and Chika Unigwe for Night Dancer. Unigwe won the award in 2012 for On Black Sisters’ Street.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly among four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature, and comes with a cash prize of $100,000 (about R1.4 million).

A total of 173 entries for the prize were received this year. Next year’s prize will be for poetry.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature was founded in 2004. The first prose winner was Kaine Agary (2008) for her novel Yellow Yellow.

This year’s prize was judged by Professor Dan Izevbaye (chair), Professor Asabe Usman Kabir and Professor Isidore Diala. The members of the advisory board are Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo (chair), Professor Jerry Agada and Professor Emeritus Ben Elugbe.

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