The shortlists for the 2019 Princewill Okigbo Short Story Prize have been announced, and they include 5 budding writers from different regions in Nigeria

The competition is chaired by  I.S. JONES a queer American / Nigerian poet and music journalist. A Graduate Fellow with The Watering Hole. And Ogochukwu Ukwueze a renowned Lecturer from the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The shortlisted stories for the 2019 Princewill Okigbo Short Story Prize are;

1. You Jump I jump by Ogechukwu Samuel

Ogechukwu Kanma Samuel is a writer, who does not think much of past
achievements, and as a consequence, has forgotten most of the recognition he’s ever gotten. In the past, he lived in the future. Now, he’s still
there, roaming the unknown streets in lost confoundedness.

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2. The Colours of Silence By Ife Olatona

Ifeoluwa Olatona, Nigerian, is a full-time reader, sometimes-editor and
award-winning 16 year old writer. He won the 2018 Channels T.V Prize for literature. He was named a Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2019 – the world’s biggest award for poets aged 11-17, with over 11,000 entries in 2019 – by the Poetry Society U.K. 
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3. Adizah By Goodness Pius

The author Goodness Pius (Goodness Adebolu) resides in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria with her husband. She is an active member of ANA Ibadan Chapter.
Goodness Pius is a graduate of English and Literary Studies in Imo State University. The author has and is currently writing short stories, poems and children’s literature.

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4. How Angels Live by Nwachukwu Merit

Nwachukwu Merit Chigozie currently studies English and Literary Studies at
the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She writes poetry and fiction. In her

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5. In Hearts We Dwell by Chidera Ike-Akaenyi

Chideraa Ike-Akaenyi is a storyteller who enjoys reading literary fiction on the complexities of human emotions. . She identifies deeply with the writings of Akwaeke Emezi, Noviolet Bulawayo and Chimamanda Adichie. She believes herself to be a student of the world and spends her time reading and writing fiction or searching for the next historical movie to see

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Honorary Mention:

Bitter Plow By Drew fine

Drew Fine is originally from New England. He attended Santa Monica Collegeand UCLA.  He has won several awardsfor his poetry.  He is finishing his 4thnovel, True Dreams Of Hollywood.  Drew’sfirst novel, Joe Baby, has been adapted for the screen by Todd Samovitz, and iscurrently being developed for a motion picture by several Los Angeles and New Yorkbased production companies.  Drew livesin Thousand Oaks, CA . with his daughter.
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The shortlisted entries will be published in Ngigareview

This maiden literary prize is established by Friends of the Late Princewill Nnaemeka Okigbo to commemorate the memory of the young man renowned for his love of literature and an unnatural zeal to always reach out to his friends.

The winning entries will be announced in Owerri on the 18th October 2019 (Okigbo’s birthday) at an event, “An Evening for Okigbo”–an evening of talks, poetry, drama, music, art and science exhibitions to be organized in conjunction with Ngiga Book Club. Winners will go home with cash prizes totalling N50,000 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions as well as a certificate of participation. The winning entries will also be published subsequently on here,

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