Despite all odds, there are exceptional young Nigerians who are re-branding Nigeria at the global stage through their crafts and are making historic achievements.
While thousands of young Nigerians are busy ‘slaying’ on social media and on the streets, others are busy working so hard and making the world a better place.
It is a known fact that lots of intellectual efforts such as writing are usually not appreciated or rewarded as they ought to over time. Yet, this trend has not in any way stopped some quite few great minds from putting their all just to ensure that they capture one feeling or the other as they write.
These are those who have understood the power of a great write up in transforming the society especially in recent times.
Among these talented personalities are two phenomenal Nigerians who are Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Yewande Omotoso and Ayobami Adebayo.
This indeed is a great feat looking at the competitions that come with being a writer especially at the global stage.
Again, these two distinguished talents have also become second persons to be so honoured in Nigeria after renowned Nigerian writer, Chimmanda Ngozi Adichie.
She is writer and an architect who was raised in Nigeria.
As a writer, Omotoso published her first book, “Bom Boy” in 2011 and “in 2012 she was on the South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author and was shortlisted for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize.”
Again, she made it to the finals at the 2013 pan-African Etisalat Fiction Prize .
Currently, Omotosho has been longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her book, “The Woman Next Door.”
Adebayo has also been longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction his first debut novel, “Stay With Me” which according to Olisa Tv, “ is set in Nigeria and tells the story of Akin and Yejide, university lovers who marry with a vow to keep away from polygamy, but four years into their marriage – after consulting fertility doctors and healers, and many strange teas and unlikely cures – Yejide is still not pregnant. You want to find out what price she pays to get pregnant and keep her marriage after her in-laws surprise her with a second wife.”
Omotoso and Ayobami efforts as writers to make it this far should not only encourage other writers in Nigeria and cross Africa generally, but should also urge the government to work hard towards encouraging literature in schools across the country and through competitions.
Big congratulations to them.
See full list below:
Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò (Canongate)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth)
Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (Serpent’s Tail)
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose (Corsair)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (4th Estate)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Chatto & Windus)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill (riverrun)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (4th Estate)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta)
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)
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