Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has been announced winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature. Mr. Ibrahim, a Nigerian journalist and writer, won the prize, worth §100,000, with his novel, Season of Crimson Blossom. The winner of the prize, which is awarded annually by the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NNLG), was announced Wednesday at a World Press Conference held in Sheraton Hotels in Lagos.
The announcement was made by Prof. Ayo Banjo, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the prize, who praised Mr. Ibrahim’s work.
Three finalists had earlier been named for this year’s edition of the prize. They were Elnathan John (author of Born On A Tuesday); Chika Unigwe, (author of Night Dancer), and, Mr. Ibrahim.
A total of 173 authors of prose fiction entered for the competition this year, which had at the head of its judging panel Prof. Dan Izevbaye, the renowned professor of Literature and literary critic.
The other judges include Asabe Usman Kabir, professor of Oral and African Literatures at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Isidore Diala, professor of African Literature in the Department of English, Imo State University, Owerri.
The Winning Author, Mr. Ibrahim, journalist and writer is a first-time novelist. He was winner of the BBC African Performance Prize, the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose; and earlier awarded the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015).