The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has unveiled the shortlist for the 2023 edition.
The announcement, made by Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Chairperson of the Advisory Board, during a live broadcast on the Prize’s social media platforms, has left the literary world abuzz.
The shortlisted plays are “Grit” by Obari Gomba, “The Ojuelegba Crossroads” by Abideen Abolaji Ojomu, and “Yamtarawala – The Warrior King” by Henry Akubuiro.
With a total of 143 plays vying for the prestigious award, the Advisory Board had the unenviable task of selecting the top contenders. The chosen plays, according to the Board, represent the epitome of literary craftsmanship, showcasing an artistic convergence that defines The Nigeria Prize for Literature’s pursuit.
The winner of the $100,000 cash award will be disclosed by the Advisory Board on October 13, 2023. This year’s International Consultant, Professor Victor K. Yankah from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, lends his expertise to the proceedings.
The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary categories – prose fiction, poetry, drama, and children’s literature. NLNG has been sponsoring the prize for over two decades and has awarded over $1 million to 17 winning works in literature.
As the literary community awaits the verdict, echoes of past triumphs resound. In the Drama genre, Soji Cole clinched victory with “Embers,” following in the footsteps of Denja Abdullahi (“Death and The King’s Grey Hair”) and Akanji Nasiru (“The Rally”), who were all shortlisted in 2018.