By Ego Aghedo on January 2, 2014, in GREEN BIRO, NIGERIA
We have just seen the end of another great year and as we celebrate those who have made 2013 wonderful in the literary sense, I cannot help but make predictions about 2014. You see, these writers will rock 2014 and my predictions are made from works exhibited by the writers on this list and when you read them I have no doubt you won’t agree less.
1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
She is about the most prominent author that has succeeded in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her third book, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, is a collection of short stories.
In 2013 she published her third novel, Americanah which was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013. Americanah is named in NY times 10 Best Books of 2013.
2. Uzodinma Iweala
He is the author of Beasts of No Nation, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.
3. Chika Unigwe
She was the winner of 2012 Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas $100,000 sponsored literature prize for the prose category. She won the prize with her entry On Black Sister Street. She writes in English and Dutch
4. Chibundu Onuzo
At 19 she signed a two-novel deal with the British publisher Faber, making her its youngest ever woman author. Chibundu Onuzo, has just finished studying history at King’s College London, and her first novel, “The Spider King’s Daughter,” has already gotten international recognition and nominations.
5. Uwem Akpan
In 2009, Uwem Akpan’s debut collection of short stories “Say You’re One Of Them” was picked by Oprah Winfrey and included in her book club. The book rocketed to the top of the U.S. bestseller list after the endorsement by the chatshow host, who said the book had left her “stunned and profoundly moved.” He says he has something cooking for 2014 and I can barely wait.
6. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, published her first novel, “I Do Not Come To You By Chance” last year, which has also garnered several awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
7. Olajumoke Verissimo
The “People’s Daily” describes her collection as “a bold stance of pain and other emotions, filtering through the pores of gross indifference and achieving a communal cry of retrospective protest. “The Punch also describes her as, ‘one of those who will change the face of literature in Nigeria,’ after her first book, which was well-received across the country.
Lizzy Attree, expert in African literature and consultant to the Caine Prize for African Literature, said: “Nigeria has a rich literary tradition and at certain points it has come particularly to the world’s attention.”
Watch! for their new and amazing works. Have a beautiful New year!