'On Black Sisters Street' Wins NLNG prize

The Nigeria Prize for literature has just announced the winner of its 2012 prize: "On Black Sister's Street" by Chika Unigwe.

The prize is one of Nigeria's leading prizes for literature and has a cash value of US$100, 000. Unigwe emerged from a field of over 214 entries, the largest number received since the prize was inaugurated in 2004, according to organisers.

In a Facebook post on Thursday morning, the organisers of the prize praised Unigwe's book as "display[ing] a very sophisticated narrative technique."

Last year Adeleke Adeyemi (writing under the pseudonym Mai Nasara) won the prize for his children's book "The Missing Clock".

The shorlisted nominees included two Cassava Republic authors: Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani's "I Do Not Come to You by Chance" and "The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives" by Lola Shoneyin.

We want to say a big congratulations to Ms. Unigwe and all the best.


  • Congrats Chika. Though I’ve not read, I believe it’s a prize well-deserved.

    Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman on November 03, 2012

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