It’s A great Time To Be A Poet In Nigeria
The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.
This year the prize of $100,000 goes to poetry, while drama is expected to get the cash prize next year.
Tade Ipadeola won the last poetry prize in 2013 with his collection of poems, The Sahara Testaments.
A shortlist of three is expected in September and a possible winner will be announced by the Advisory Board in October.
An interesting mix of poets make up this year’s longlist of the NLNG sponsored Nigeria literature prize, and they include Ogaga Ifowodu, Ikeogu Oke, Jumoke Verissimo and Hyginus Ekwuazi.
The shortlisted authors listed in alphabetical order are as follows:
Ekwuazi, Hyginus-One Day I’ll Dare to Raise My Middle Finger at the Stork and the Reaper
Gomba, Obari -For Every Homeland
Ifowodo, Ogaga -A Good Mourning
Lari-Williams, Seun - Garri for Breakfast
Ogu, Humphrey - Echoes of Neglect
Ojaide, Tanure - Songs of Myself: Quartet
Oke, Ikeogu -The Heresiad
Othman, Abubakar -Blood Streams in the Desert
Verissimo, Jumoke -The Birth of Illusion
Yeibo, Ebi -Of Waters and the Wild