Quramo Publishing Limited is giving new and emerging writers in Nigeria a chance to tell their stories with The Quaramo Writers Prize 2017. The prize aims to encourage and stimulate a new wave of talented writers with original stories and provide an opportunity for them to become published authors, and gain recognition. The competition is open to writers to submit unpublished work of fiction and nonfiction in two categories:
- The Quramo Writer’s Prize: The general category for writers above 16 has a minimum word count of 5,000 words. And,
- The Quramo Prize for Young Writers: An under 16 category with an upper limit of 3,000 words.
There will be one winner in each category. The winners, who would be receiving a cash prize, a publishing contract, and other incentives will be announced at an award ceremony in September.
Below are the judges for this indigenous and budding prestigious competition:
Aduke Gomez is a lawyer, poet and cultural enthusiast who has quite the experience working for several high profile corporations across several fields in Nigeria. Gomez had an illustrious legal career with Akin Delano and Co., Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie and Ecobank Nigeria Plc., where she helped pioneer its Corporate Affairs Unit.
She’s served as the SSA to the Governor of Lagos State, as the Secretary to the Hotel Licensing Authority of the Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations and as a member of the Lagos State History Committee. Gomez has often utilised her professional skills to assist in artist development within creative sectors. And recently, she published a poetry collection titled “While I’m Here, Let Me Quickly Tell You About…”
Nwakaego Boyo is managing director and Chief Executive Officer of Temple Productions. She has worked extensively in the creative art industries in Nigeria for over two decades with a number of critically acclaimed feature films, documentaries and advocacy films under her belt.
Boyo is president of the International Women’s Society Nigeria and a global rights advocate in the campaign against sexual violence. She is also a member of the Association of Movie Producers and the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Oando Foundation and is a director at Lagos Preparatory School, Ikoyi.
Kayode Gboyega Kofoworola is an editor, poet, critic and teacher. He is a fellow of the Institute of Critical Social Inquiry, New York and a member of both the American Comparative Literature Association and Lagos Studies Association. Kofoworola speciality includes translation and publishing studies, African and African-American literature, children’s literature, cultural, media and film studies.
Some of his published works include; The Court Jester in Nigerian Drama in David Robb(ed) – Clowns, Fools and Picaros; Popular Forms in Theatre, and Multilingualism and Translation in Nigeria in Michaela Wolf (ed) Obsersetzen – Translating Traduire: Towards a Social Turn?
Olakunle Kasumu is a writer, publisher, literary journalist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Storyteller Services, a ghostwriting and publishing firm focused on working with individuals and corporations to document their stories.
Kasumu is the presenter and co-producer of Channels Book Club, Nigeria’s premier television book show that serves as a platform to promote and highlight the essentials of books, writers, authors, publishers, literary events, policy makers and the entire book sector.
Pauline Tomlin is an accomplished educator, coach and mentor and a former media professional and manager. Tomlin has helped people make positive and significant changes in their lives. She also delivers inspiring workshops that leave attendees fired up to live the life they have always dreamed of. As an educator, she has a record of motivating students to achieve great results.
Ayo Inika is a lawyer and writer with an interest in contemporary African writing, and the exploration of symmetries between creative and cultural expressions. Following a brief stint in legal practice, she is currently the CEO of Kingfisher Limited, a thriving logistics company. Inika is currently working on a novel.
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