Oct 11, 2008


It is only a matter of hours from now.The winner of the prestigious 2008 Nigerian Literature Prize,sponsored by Oil and Gas giant,NLNGL,will be announced.Between Kaine Agary's Yellow-Yellow and Jude Dibia's Unbridled,a winner will emerge (except in the case of joint winners).As it stands now,both youthful writers are winners in their own rights,after being shortlisted from over ten submitted literary works.

This will be the first time that new and young writers are emerging as finalists in the five years of the literary competition.I have read Dibia's Unbridled.Still trying to lay my hands on Agary's Yellow-Yellow.This is indeed a very good time for Nigerian literature.The new writers have for long been a very significant part in the Nigerian literary sphere,making so much inroads globally while barely recognized and appreciated at home.Save for the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche,Helon Habila and Segun Afolabi,nothing much is heard about these new generation writers at the Nigerian homefront where 'old brigades' like Achebe and Soyinka are still actively relevant.

As we celebrate the Nigerian literary best of 2008,let it be that the flood Gate is being thrown open for more diadems for the youthful literary generation



And, I say an "Amen" to your concluding prayer.

Sola Folowosele said...

i hv got great admiration for good writers..congrats to KAINE