One hundred Swedish cultural figures have come together to set up an alternative to this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature – The New Academy’s Alternative Nobel Prize – and two brilliant Nigerian authors made the list.
“In a time when human values are increasingly being called into question, literature becomes an even more important counterforce to stop the culture of silence and oppression.”
— The New Academy
View the full list of nominees here.
In addition, The New Academy is enforcing a gender quota, where an equal number of men and women will be shortlisted.
No Nigerian since Wole Soyinkahas won the Nobel Prize for Literature; Soyinka won the prize in 1986. It would be thrilling to see another Nigerian grab the prize, as many incredible writers hail from the nation, some of which include Lola Shoneyin (convener of Ake Festival), Sefi Atta, Chika Unigwe, Teju Cole, Eghosa Imasuen, Tomi Adeyemi, Elnathan John and Tope Folarin.
High profile Nigerian Arabic literary writer, Sheikh Yahaya Abdul Rahman Al-Fulani, has emerged winner of the best Arabic literary writer award for the 2021 Egyptian Hamsat for Arts and Literature. Read more about Literature Sheikh Al-Fulani has produced over 30 Arabic literary works, cutting across novels, poems, history, book reviews, rhetorics and criticism. The … Continue reading Nigeria’s Sheikh Al-Fulani Wins International Prize For Arabic Literature
Ogaga Ifowodo was born on May 14, 1966, in Oleh, Delta State of Nigeria. He attended Federal Government College, Warri, for his secondary education. He studied law at the University of Benin (Nigeria) from where he obtained an LL.B in 1989. He was called to the bar in 1991 and has worked for many … Continue reading Men You Should Know: Ogaga Ifowodo
As we continue to launch, quicker and quicker, into the year 2021, a lot should be added into our to-do list for the new year, and book reading should be on our list. The greatest of secrets are hidden in the pages of books, especially unsuspecting books. To this effect, we have curated a … Continue reading Nigerian Books To Read In 2021