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 Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike’s Double Wahala

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In Nigerian popular culture, ‘double wahala’ is a Pidgin English phrase that was made popular by ace Afrobeat musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. To repeat it by adding ‘double trouble,’ the English variant  emphasizes the severity of the troubles. Nigerian literature has repeatedly featured the disorder and troubles that characterized postcolonial Nigerian life. Double […]

The 2022 Nigeria Prize for Literature (Poetry) Kicks Off

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At an event in Lagos today, the entries for the 2022 Nigeria Prize for Literature  were handed over to the panel of judges by the Chair of the Prize’s Advisory Board, Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo. Every year, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) accepts a flurry of entries dedicated […]

The Nigeria Prize Shortlist is Out

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Yesterday, The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature announced its shortlist of three for the 2021 edition. They are: The Girl with Louding Voice by Abi Dare, The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, and Colours of Hatred by Obinna Udenwe — three books that are now in the running to win […]

2021 Caine Prize Reviews at OlongoAfrica

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By now, you must have heard about the shortlist of the Ako Caine Prize stories for 2021. It includes stellar offerings from Doreen Baingana, Rémy Ngamije, Meron Hadero, Troy Onyango, and Iryn Tushabe. We at Olongo wish them hearty congratulations! Caine Prizewinners and shortlistees have always gone on to become proud names in African literature, […]