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Two Nigerian-British Authors Shortlisted for Inaugural TikTok Book Awards

Two Nigerian-British Authors Shortlisted for Inaugural TikTok Book Awards

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The TikTok Book Awards Voting Hub is now open for readers’ participation from July 17-28, 2023.

By Helena Olori

TikTok has unveiled the shortlist for the inaugural edition of the TikTok Book Awards with two Nigerian-British authors, Bolu Babalola, and Oyinkan Braithwaite, making the list.

Babalola is shortlisted in two categories; her latest work, Honey & Spice, has been nominated for the BookTok Book of the Year category, while she will contend for the  BookTok Author of the Year, alongside Dr Suzie Edge, Lex Croucher, and Holly Jackson. Braithwaite’s award-winning debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, is shortlisted for Best Book to End a Reading Slump category.

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Announcing the shortlist, the video hosting service revealed that the shortlist reflects the imagination, creativity and variety of the BookTok community itself, and was carefully curated by UK’s renowned authors and publishers including Candice Brathwaite, Elizabeth Day, and representatives from Bloomsbury and Bonnier Books.

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“We would like to congratulate all of the authors, books, independent book shops and creators who have made the shortlist for the inaugural TikTok Book Awards UK & Ireland. This list is a true celebration of the variety of literature that resonates with the TikTok community and we look forward to seeing who they vote for as their winners,” says James Stafford, General Manager, Operations & Marketing, TikTok UK & Nordics.

The TikTok Book Awards, announced earlier this year, aim to celebrate and recognise books, authors, independent book shops, and creators who have contributed immensely to the #BookTok community, which has garnered more than 138 billion views in the past year. The awards, organised in partnership with bookshop.org, are open only to creators and authors from the UK and Ireland.

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Bolu Babalola is a renowned UK-based author whose debut short story collection, “Love in Colour” became a Sunday Times bestseller after its publication. She was named in Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021.

Lagos-born novelist, Oyinkan Braithwaite, is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. In 2019, her shortlisted novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, won several awards, including the LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, Morning News Tournament of Books, Amazon Publishing Reader’s Award for Best Debut Novel, and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

The TikTok Book Awards Voting Hub is now open for readers’ participation from July 17-28, 2023. This year’s award will be judged by the selected curators, headed by Candace Brathwaite. The winners will be announced in August.

See full list of shortlisted authors here.

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