Chris Okemwa has joined the jury of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2024; other jury members are Prof Saleh Adu (Chairman) alongside Prof Vicky Sylvester, Dr Igudia Osarobu,
The Nigeria Prize for Literature worth US$100,000, sponsored annually by oil firm NLNG, has honoured Nigerian authors in the four genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and children’s literature since 2004. In recent times, winners have been Dr Obari Gomba, Romeo Oriogun, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, Jude Idada, Soji Cole, Ikeogu Oke, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Sam Ukala, Tade Ipadeola, and Chika Unigwe.
The cycle for the 2024 edition, which will this year focus on children’s literature, has kicked off with the revelation of the jury and a callout for entries. Those who will be selecting the best texts are Prof Saleh Abdu who plays the role of chairman as well as Prof Vicky Sylvester, and Dr Igudia Osarobu. They will be joined by Kenyan academic and writer Dr Chris Okemwa as the international consultant. Okemwa who has won several awards for his work including the Burt Award as well as founding the Kistrech International Poetry Festival is not a new name for watchers of Kenyan letters.
Nigerian writers wherever they reside who have work for children are invited to enter the award with their work in the hope of winning the US$100,000 prize money before April 2. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in October commemorating the first export of LNG cargo by NLNG on October 9, 1999.
Apart from the big money prize for children’s literature, the Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism is also calling for submissions in the same category. The winner will receive a prize of 1 million Naira.
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