Newcastle based Nigerian Writer Ibrahim Babátúndé Ibrahim has been declared as the winner of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022.
Ibrahim was announced the winner at the grand finale of the 2022 edition of the Quramo Festival of Words, which was held at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos on Sunday, October 9th, 2022. In a very competitive contest that had Fanor Favour, Juliana Francis, Millianna Ufuomanefe Ohwode, and Gbemre Daniel Oghenetega amongst the shortlisted writers.
Previous winners of the coveted literary prize which rewards unpublished novel manuscripts written by Africans living within and outside the continent include Samuel Monye (2017), Michael Emmanuel (2018), Vivian Onyekachi Ibe (2019), Kadiri Alex (2020), and Akinnimi Akintomiwa Oluwaseun (2021).
The judges for this year’s prize include Jude Idada, an award-winning author, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Others are Lechi Eke, writer, editor, and convener of the Reading Café at the University of Lagos; and multiple-award-winning author, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.
Responding to the announcement, Ibrahim tweeted: Dreams really do come true!! I won first place in Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022! I’m flabbergasted beyond words! Grateful to @quramopub & the judges! My love to @Tayo_writes for all she does and for representing me, and to the other shortlisted writers! #QWP2022
Ibrahim, who was represented by his editor, Temitayo Olofinlua at the awards ceremony, was awarded the sum of One Million Naira and a publishing contract with Quramo Publishing Ltd and Harmattan Season.