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The prize is valued at $100,000, one of the richest literary prizes in the world. It was established in 2004 and rotates annually among four literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama and children's literature. This year's award was for children's literature.
Eno's Story, follows a young girl as she struggles to survive after her father goes missing and she is accused of being a "witch." The book examines a widespread pratice through a touching and powerful story of resiliance and courage.
Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, professor of English at the University of Lagos was chair of this year panel said that the six books, chosen out of a total of 126 submissions, all had compelling stories.
"The emphasis is on good books that stay with you long past the point at which you put them down," Adimora-Ezeigbo said.
A second shortlist of three books is expected in September while the award ceremony will hold in October.