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Nigerian writer, Ibrahim Babatunde Announced Winner of 2022 Quramo Writers’ Prize

Nigerian writer, Ibrahim Babatunde Announced Winner of 2022 Quramo Writers’ Prize

Nigerian writer, Ibrahim Babatunde, 2022 Quramo Writers’ Prize, Afrocritik

Babatunde will be awarded the cash sum of one million naira, as well as a publishing contract with Quramo Publishing Ltd., and Harmattan Season.

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Nigerian writer, Ibrahim Babatunde, has been announced as the new winner of the Quramo Writers’ Prize. The award was unveiled at the grand finale of the 2022 edition of the Quramo Festival of Words which was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on Sunday, October 9th, 2022.

Nigerian writer, Ibrahim Babatunde, 2022 Quramo Writers’ Prize, Afrocritik
Ibrahim Babatunde

Reacting to the announcement, Ibrahim Babatunde tweeted thus: “Dreams really do come true!! I won first place in Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022! I’m flabbergasted beyond words! Grateful to @quramopub & the judges! My love to @Tayo_writes for all she does and for representing me, and to the other shortlisted writers! #QWP2022. ALHAMDULILLAH! ??❤️”

The Quramo Writers’ Prize which is in its 6th consecutive year rewards the best novel manuscript written by a previously unpublished author. The Writers’ Prize is only open to unpublished Africans living within and outside the continent.

Previous winners of the prize have been Samuel Monye (2017), Michael Emmanuel (2018), Vivian Onyekachi Ibe (2019), Kadiri Alex (2020), and Akinnimi Akintomiwa Oluwaseun (2021).

Nigerian writer, Ibrahim Babatunde, 2022 Quramo Writers’ Prize, Afrocritik

The judging panel for this year’s award was led by Nigerian author, Jude Idada, and included writer and editor, Lechi Eke, as well as award-winning author, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

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The shortlist for this year’s prize included such writers as Fanor Favour, Juliana Francis, Millianna Ufuomanefe Ohwode, and Gbemre Daniel Oghenetega.

Ibrahim Babatunde’s work have been published in Typehouse Magazine, JMWW, Ake Review, Zone 3, Agbowó Magazine, Landlocked Magazine, Popula, and more. He was longlisted for the 2020 Dzanc Diverse Voices Prize, the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and named a finalist for the 2021 Moon City Short Fiction Award. He was the second runner-up in Goge Africa’s #GogeAfrica20 Writing Contest, and the fourth runner-up in Ibua Journal’s Pack Light Series. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and multiple times for the Best of the Net anthology.

Babatunde will be awarded the cash sum of one million naira, as well as a publishing contract with Quramo Publishing Ltd., and Harmattan Season.

(Read also: Chigozie Obioma’s Third Novel, “The Road To The Country,” Acquired For Publication In Two-Book Deal)

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