Nigeria’s most prestigious literary prize sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited has announced its three finalists from 173 entries and a shortlist of 11, for this year’s prose-fiction cash award of $100,000.

The contenders for the prize, Elnathan John, Unigwe Chika and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, have been part of Rainbow Book Club projects in one capacity or another.

Elnathan John’s, shortlisted book Born on a Tuesday, was the Rainbow Book Club Book-of-the-Month for March, 2016. Born on a Tuesday explores the ways in which young men are seduced by religious fundamentalism and violence, and how friendship can prove to be the strongest bond in life. John is a lawyer by profession.

Unigwe Chika and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim were part of the ‘Africa39’ authors. ‘Africa39’ was a joint collaboration between the Hay Festival and the Port Harcourt World Book Capital project that selected and celebrated 39 of Africa’s most important authors under the age of 40

Unigwe Chika, shortlisted for her book Night dancer was also a guest author at the Port Harcourt Book Festival 2013. Night dancer is hinged on a society that privileges men over women, family over individuality, and conformity over freewill.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, a novelist and writer, was shortlisted for his book Season of Crimson Blossoms-a true love story of the heart, set among a people in Northern Nigeria who live under complex and challenging circumstance.

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