The 11 books on the longlist embody Delusion of Patriots by Obianuju V. Chukwuorji; Give Us Every Day by Samuel Monye, Imminent River by Anaele Ihuoma, In The Identify of Our Father by Olukorede S. Yishau; Mountain of Yesterday by Tony Nwaka; Uncared for by Lucy Chiamaka Okwuma; The Colors of Hatred by Obinna Udenwa, The Woman with The Louding Voice by Abi Dare, The Return of Half-One thing by Chukwudi Eze,The Son of The Home by Cheluchi Onyemeluk we-Onuobia, and Your Church My Shrine by Regulation Ikay Ezeh
The checklist was offered by the Chairman, Panel of Judges, Professionalfessor Toyin Jegede, a professor of Literature in English on the College of Ibadan. The opposite judges are Prof. Tanimu Abuba kar and Dr Solomon Azumu rana.
In arriving on the longlist, the judges described the books as contemporary approaches to taking a look at points, utilizing new and thrilling narrative methods, strategies and properly-written natural plots to current topical discussions in lifelike methods.
They additional said that there had been a visual enchancment in writing expertise and recommended NLNG for giving writers the platform to blossom and experiment.
The Chairperson of the prize’s Advisory Board, Professor Aka chi Adimora Ezeigbo, expressed her appreciation to the judges for a radical job in deciding on the shortlist. She said that excellence was the watchword of the prize, including that the onus was on the Advisory Board to proceed within the custom that was hand ed to them by the previous Board.
Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism (additionally sponsored by NLNG), for which 4 entries had been acquired in 2020. The literary criticism prize carries a financial worth of N1 million.
The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst 4 literary classes: prose fiction, poetry, drama, and youngsters’s literature. A shortlist of three is predicted in September, and a winner will likely be introduced by the Advisory Board in October.
From the submission of the judges, the ultimate shortlist of three and the eventual winner of the prize will likely be based mostly on the author (s) whose inventiveness, model, topicality and high quality are thought-about extraordinary.