December 8, 2023

The two winners will receive a  shared monetary prize of 100,000 NGN.

By Helena Olori

The Book O’Clock literary platform, has announced the winners of the maiden edition of the Àtìpó Book Review Prize.

Evidence Egwuono Adjarho’s review, titled “The Phenomenon of Time in Álejó: Crossing Times“, emerged as the first-place winner, while “Time Travel, Yoruba Traditional Mythology and Magical Realism to Explain the Transient Nature of Life”  by Adeboyega Oluwaremilekun Adeleye, was selected as the second place winner from the numerous entries received for the prize. 

Book O'Clock Maiden Àtìpó Book Review Prize - Afrocritik

Book O'Clock Maiden Àtìpó Book Review Prize - Afrocritik

The panel of judges, comprising writers, Carl Terver, Akumbu Uche, and Nzube Nlebedim, selected the top two reviews. Adjarho and Adeboyega will share a monetary prize of 100,000 NGN.

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First place winner, Evidence Egwuono Adjarho, a 21-year-old undergraduate at the University of Lagos, is passionate about African literature. She’s an avid reader, reviewer, and talented writer who works as an essay, short story, and script freelance writer. Adjarho has an upcoming essay in Kalahari Review.

22-year-old Adegboyega Oluwaremilekun Adeleye, also known as Quintessential Remmy, is an enthusiastic creative writer, essayist, and eloquent debater. His passion for journalism is unwavering and he is presently training as a news writer and presenter.

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Alongside the winning essays, the reviews by Agoro Maryam Ayooluwa and Lateef Odetunde will also be published on the Book O’Clock blog in recognition of their outstanding entries for the competition.

The reviews of Àlejò:Crossing Times, authored by Wole Olayinka, will be featured in an upcoming virtual reading event, with details to be announced soon.

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