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100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40- Nigerian Writers' Awards by Akinjidetayo(m) : 11:40 am On Dec 30, 2018

At the end of each year it’s been Nigerian Writers’ Awards (NWA) tradition to release 100 outstanding Nigerian Writers under 40 who have distinguished themselves in their respective writing fields and cover virtually all categories of writing (Media, Literature, Entertainment and Arts).

After six months of critical reviews, series of interviews, in-depth research, nominations online and offline, thousands of names were received and finally here is our list of 100 most influential Nigerian writers under 40 making change, impacting lives with their writing, earning national and global achievements in the year under review (November 2017- October 2018).
NB: In no order of ranking;

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Re: 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40- Nigerian Writers' Awards by Akinjidetayo(m) : 11:52 am On Dec 30, 2018

1. ABIMBOLA DARE (37) – Faith-based writer.
Abimbola Dare, author of the Christian fiction “The Small Print” and “when broken chord sings”. She was born on the 31st of December 1981 in Lagos, Nigeria where she attended Vivian Fowler Memorial College for girls.
She has a bachelor degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Woverhampton and MSc in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. She is a programme manager at a Global Publishing Firm in the United Kingdom.
In 2017 she released her new book titled “Accidental Wife”. Her fourth novel, The Last Wedding Anniversary was released in April 2018.
In 2018, she won the prestigious Bath Novel Award for her first literary novel and was a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Award.


2. ABUBAKAR ADAM IBRAHIM (39)- Novelist
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (born, 1979) is an award-winning Nigerian writer and journalist who shook Northern Nigeria with his debut novel Season of Crimson Blossoms which explores a steaming love affair between an older woman and a young rebel warrior.
Some of his accolades include BBC African Performance Prize and ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. In 2015 he was included in the Africa anthology of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40.
His debut short story collection “The Whispering Trees” was long-listed for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014 and shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
In 2016 he won the NNLG prize for literature worth $100,000, Ibrahim was also the recipient of the 2016 Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award and he was chair of judges for the 2016 Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the 2018 recipient of the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. He won the Award for his report in Granta titled “All That Was Familiar.

3.ADRIAN IGONIBO BARRETT (39)- Novelist
Adrian Igonibo Barrett (born, 26 March 1979) is Nigerian writer born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and the Jamaican novelist Lindsay Barrett. He studied agriculture at the University of Ibadan.
In April 2014 Barrett was named as one of 39 sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 in the Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club Africa project celebrating Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.
His second collection of stories, Love Is Power, or Something Like That, was published in 2013; His debut novel, entitled Blackass, was published in 2015.
He was a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in 2018.

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