Season of Crimson Blossoms's Author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim wins the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, author of  the book 'Season of Crimson Blossom' was announced as the 2016 winner of  biggest literature prize in Africa.

Abubakar who also doubles as a journalist was announced the 2016 winner of the $100,000 Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Literature price for his novel 'Season of Crimson Blossom'. The announcement was made by Prof. Ayo Banjo, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the prize on October 13, 2016 at  the  World Press Conference held in the Sheraton Hotels, Lagos.

Ibrahmin beat fellow finalists, El-Nathan John, author of ‘Born on a Tuesday’ and  Chika Unigwe, author of ‘Night Dancer’to clinch the coveted price.

A total of 173 authors participated in this year's competition, which had at the head of its judging panel Prof. Dan Izevbaye, the renowned professor of Literature and literary critic.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates annually among four literary genres – prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. The 2016 Prize is for prose fiction while focus of the 2017 prize will be poetry.

The NLNG Prize for Literature has since its inception in 2004 rewarded eminent writers such as
2005 (Poetry)- Gabriel Okara for his volume of poetry, 'The Dreamer His Vision' (co-winner) and Professor Ezenwa Ohaeto, for his volume of poetry, 'Chants of a Minstrel' (co-winner 2005 ).

2006 (Drama)- Ahmed Yerima for his book, 'Hard Ground'

2007 (Children's literature)- Mabel Segun for her collection of short plays, 'Reader’s Theatre' (co-winner) and  Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo for her book, 'My Cousin Sammy'


2008 (Prose fiction)-Kaine Agary for her novel, 'Yellow Yellow'

2010 (Drama) Esiaba Irobi, who won the prize posthumously with his book, 'Cemetery Road'

2011 (Children's literature)- Adeleke Adeyemi  for the book, 'The Missing Clock'

2012 (Prose fiction)- Chika Unigwe for the book 'On Black Sisters’ Street'

2013 (Poetry)- Tade Ipadeola for his collection of poems, 'The Sahara Testaments'

2014 (Drama) Sam Ukala for with his play, 'Iredi War.'

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