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Three Nigerians nominated for 2019 Women’s Prize for Literature

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Three Nigerians nominated for 2019 Women’s Prize for Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 11:37 am On Mar 14

Three Nigerian authors, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Emezi Akwaeke and Diana Evans have been nominated for the 2019 Women ’s Prize for Fiction.
The Women ’ s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Baileys Women ’ s Prize For Fiction , is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Braithwaite was nominated for her book ‘ My Sister , The Serial Killer ’ , Emezi for ‘Freshwater’ and Evans for ‘Ordinary People ’ .
‘ My Sister , The Serial Killer ’ tells the story of the complex relationship between a glamorous Lagos fashion designer and her responsible older sister, who’ s always ready with bleach and rubber gloves to help cover up a crime .

Emezi ’ s ‘Freshwater’ explores the multiple voices of an Igbo god living within a young woman.
Evans’ ‘ Ordinary People ’ cleverly exposes the melancholy of suburban middle- class black people using celebrity events . The book opens at a party thrown in honour of Barack Obama ’ s presidential victory in 2008.
The prestigious prize has honoured many great authors since it was launched in 1996, including Chimamanda Adichie, who won in 2007 for ‘ Half of a Yellow Sun ’ .
NAN reports that the award gives a significant career boost and it comes with a £30, 000 ( $ 40, 000 ) prize.
It was created after the Bookers Prize of 1991 where none of the six shortlisted books was by a woman, despite 60 per cent of novels that year being published by female authors.
Chaired by Prof . Kate Williams , the 2019 judging panel includes journalists Dolly Alderton and Arifa Akbar , anti -FGM activist Leyla Hussein.
NAN reports that Sarah Wood OBE , the chair and co -founder of the global video advertising marketplace , Unruly , was also on the panel .

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Re: Three Nigerians nominated for 2019 Women’s Prize for Literature by Wadewaltz(m) : 3:38 pm On Mar 15

Just like the times of old when our mothers would tell stories more interesting than our fathers,when everything was oral.Women are better writters today

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