After a week long and controversial 38th convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) held in the coal city of Enugu, Griots Lounge Publishing author Bura-Bari Nwilo has been announced as to have emerged as 1st Runner Up of the 2019 ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories for his 2018 collection titled The Colour of a Thing Believed (Griots Lounge, 2018). The prize, which is worth the sum of N200,000, had notable names of two other emerging strong storytellers shortlisted. Emmanuel Osemeka El-Fransis was shortlisted for The Room at the Top, while S. Sueddie Vershima Agema was shortlisted for his collection titled Tales of the Abroad by a Comfam Africana. Emmanuel Osemeka El-Fransis won the prize, while Vershima was announced as 2nd Runner Up.
The announcement was made in a Facebook post by the immediate past President of the association, Denja Abdullahi, after a failed attempt by the national body of writers to host new elections for her executive offices and also an award dinner.
The ANA awards other prizes for varieties of genres for both published and unpublished works, such as ANA Prose Fiction Prize, ANA Drama Prize, ANA Poetry Prize, ANA Prize for Children’s Literature, and ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism. Prizes are worth between $1000 and N100,000. The winners of the prizes are usually aannounced over a dinner that holds on the last day of the convention.
The judges of the ANA Prizes are;
- Prof Nelson Fashina- University of Ibadan
- Prof. Effiong Johnson – University of Uyo
- Ismaila Bala Garba- Bayero University, Kano
- Dr Owojecho Omoha- University of Abuja
- Prof. G.M.T.Emezue- Alex Ekwueme Federal University,Ndufu-Alike Ikwo