The Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature is awarded yearly to writers of Nigerian descent for a single novel.
Three Nigerian authors, Michael Afenfia, Uwem Akpan, and Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, have been announced as part of the shortlist for the 2022 Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature.
The Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature, started in 2021 by the Association of Nigerian Authors in honour of Nigerian writer and cultural activist, Chinua Achebe, is awarded yearly to writers of Nigerian descent for a single novel.
General Secretary of the Association, Maik Ortserga, announced the shortlist which includes Rain Can Never Know by Michael Afenfia, New York, My Village by Uwem Akpan, and Believers and Hustlers by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo. Last year’s award was given to Obinna Udenwe for his novel, Colours of Hatred.
The jury for this year’s prize includes Razinat T. Mohammed, and James Tar Tsaaior.
Michael Afenfia is based in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is the author of four critically-acclaimed novels.
Uwem Akpan is a Nigerian writer. He is the author of Say You’re One of Them (2008), a collection of five stories published by Little, Brown & Company.
Ifedigbo Nze Sylva is a fiction writer and op-ed columnist who lives in Lagos, Nigeria.