Author and law professor at Babcock University in Ogun State, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, has been announced as the 2021 Nigerian Literature Prize winner for her book, Son of the House.
The Chairman of the Prize Advisory Board Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo made the disclosure during the award ceremony and public presentation of the winners of the 2021 edition of the three NLNG awards at Expo Center, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
Her work beat Abi Dare’s The Girl with the Louding Voice and Obinna Udenwe’s Colors of Hatred to win the award.
In the presentation, Adimora-Ezeigbo, said the novel was chosen not only because it was full of suspense and intrigue, but also because it was able to “tell human and even universal stories of the world. rural life versus urban life, suffering and survival, loss and redemption, decline and rebirth, destruction and rebuilding, and death and rebirth.
Talk to Sunday PUNCH, Onyemelukwe said: “I am excited and delighted. I am even a little numb. I think that by tomorrow (today), it will sink a little deeper. I am so grateful. God has been good to me in a different way this year.
She had told our correspondent earlier in an interview that the novel was repeatedly rejected by publishers before finally being accepted by a Canadian publishing house.
Meanwhile, the N1m Prize for the NLNG Prize for Literary Criticism was awarded to Uchechukwu Uwazurike. However, there was no winner for the $ 100,000 prize for science.
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