The Words Rhymes & Rhythm family wishes to congratulate our very own ABUBAKAR ADAM IBRAHIM, the winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016 for his book SEASON OF CRIMSON BLOSSOMS.
Our heartfelt congratulations also go to his publishers – Parrésia Publishers (Nigeria) and Cassava Republic Press (UK) as well as the other finalists – Elnathan John (Born on a Tuesday) and Chika Unigwe (Night Dancer).
We appreciate the management of NLNG Nigeria for this prize. It is one of the prizes helping to reposition Nigerian writing.
Congratulations also to Nigerian Literature, the ultimate winner.
ABOUT THE WINNER:
ABUBAKAR ADAM IBRAHIM was born in Jos, Nigeria and grew up wanting to tell stories by any means possible, including self-drawn comics. Eventually he started writing and published his debut short story collection, The Whispering Trees (Parresia Publishers, Lagos, 2012) to critical acclaim. It was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature and shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Abubakar has won the BBC African Performance Playwriting Competition in 2007, the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose in 2008 and is a 2013 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow and a 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellow. He is included in the Hay Festival’s Africa 39 List of the 39 most promising African Writers under the age of 40. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award which he will take up at the Sylt Foundation´s headquarters in 2017.
Season of Crimson Blossoms, his first novel, which was published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers in Nigeria and by Cassava Republic Press in the UK (2016), is a finalist in The Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2016.
Abubakar is the Arts Editor of the Daily Trust newspaper, and lives in Abuja, Nigeria.