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Chike Unigwe wins the prestigious NLNG Literary Prize for On Black Sisters' Street

Posted on: Friday, November 02, 2012   News Category: 'Uncategorized'

Chika Unigwe's novel, On Black Sisters' Street, topped a shortlist of ten Nigerian and Nigerian diaspora novels to win the NLNG Literary Prize 2012.

Described as 'Africa's biggest literary prize', Unigwe wins $100,00 and joins a list of NLNG winners which includes Gabriel Okara, Ezenwa Ohaeto and  Ahmed Yerima.

Chair of judges, Professor Abiola Irele, Provost of the College of Humanities at the Kwara State University and Fellow of the Dubois Institute, Harvard University, said it took months of intensive scrutiny by the panel to produce the shortlist which was drawn from 214 entries from Nigerians at home and abroad, the largest number received since the prize was inaugurated in 2004.

The other shortlisted writers were:

Ngozi Achebe Onaedo The Blacksmith's Daughter
Ifeanyi Ajaegbo Sarah House
Jude Dibia Blackbird
Vincent Egbuson Zhero
Adaobi Tricia Nwubani I Do Not Come to You by Chance
Onuora Nzekwu Troubled Dust
Olusola Olugbesan Only a Canvas
Lola Shoneyin The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
E E Sule Sterile Sky


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