Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has won the 2016 NLNG sponsored Nigeria Prize For Literature for his debut novel, “Season Of Crimson Blossoms”. The award announcement was made on Wednesday, 12th of October, 2016.
Abubakar’s novel “Season Of Crimson Blossoms”, beat the other other shortlisted novels, “Born On A Tuesday”, by Elnathan John, and “Night Dancer”, by Chika Unigwe, to clinch the $100,000 prize. Chika Unigwe had previously won the prize in 2012 for her novel “On Black Sister’s Street”.
The Nigerian Prize For Literature valued at $100,000 is one of the world richest literary prize, and the richest in Africa. Previous winners of the Prize include, Kaine Agarry for “Yellow Yellow”, Tade Ipaedola for “Sahara Testament”, Akachi Adimora Eze-Igbo, and Chika Unigwe for “On Black Sister’s Street” amongst others.
The three shortlisted novels were drawn from a longlist of eleven that included Etisalat Prize longlisted novel, “On The Bank Of The River”, by Ifeoluwa Adeniyi, and 74 year old Ifeoma Okoye for her new novel, “The Fourth World”. The three novels on the shortlist were particularly spectacular and we can’t be prouder of Abubakar for winning the Prize.
Congrats to the winner and the shortlisted writers!