Congratulations to the Semifinalists of
the 2021 SprinNG Women Authors Prize
We are happy to announce Timi Waters (Author of Haven), Achalugo Chioma Ezekobe (Author of Mmirinzo), and Ukamaka Olisakwe (Author of Ogadinma) as the semi-finalists for the SprinNG Women Authors Prize 2021.
Every year, the SprinNG Women Authors Prize (#SWAPng) selects a Female Nigerian Author - someone who has published a full-length book in print and invest N200,000 in purchasing, distributing, and marketing print copies of her book nationwide.
We are incredibly grateful to our judges for their dedication.
On this note, we invite you to join us in announcing the winner of the N200,000 prize on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 12 pm West African time via Zoom.
You can register via this link: https://tinyurl.com/SWAP21Winner
About the semifinalists
Achalugo Chioma Ezekobe is a Lawyer, as well as a consummate artist, whose expressions span the spectrum of writing, broadcasting, and producing. She has explored her storytelling via several mediums of expression - photography, film/TV, and stage. She is a culture enthusiast and infuses elements of this in her work, exploring old and evolving African beliefs and traditions.
Her works have been shortlisted and awarded prizes, including Mr. Brother, 2nd runner up for the ANA prize for Drama, Boys on jumping trousers 2nd runner up for Quramo Prize for Fiction.
Achalugo attended Queens College Yaba, studied Law at the University of Lagos, obtained her B.L from the Nigerian Law school and a Professional Diploma in Advertising.
Her debut novel –Mmirinzo: the ones who are rain, was released in 2020 by Winepress Publishing. She is the first female winner of the Beeta Prize for Playwriting, after winning the third edition of the prize in 2020 for her play ‘Daughters of the East.’ Daughters of the East was published in 2021 by Paperworth books.
She lives in Lagos with her family, and often enjoys cheating the traffic riding her motorcycle.
Ukamaka Olisakwe is the author of Ogadinma. She was born in Kano, Nigeria, and now lives in Vermillion, SD. A UNESCO-World Book Capital “Africa 39” honoree and a University of Iowa’s International Writing Program Fellow, she is a winner of the VCFA Emerging Writer Scholarship and the Prince Claus Fund Grant, and a finalist for the Miles Morland Scholarship, among other honors.
Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Longreads, The Rumpus, Catapult, Rattle, Waxwing, Jalada, Hunger Mountain, Sampsonia Way, and more. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of South Dakota—Vermillion.
Timi Waters, a Chemistry ED graduate, is a writer of dark, psychological, and romantic thrillers.
Since childhood, she kept her imaginations active by penning her stories in forty-leaves notebooks and long notes. Timi published her debut novel, Red Lines, in April 2020. Red Lines birthed two other books, terming it, The Red Lines Trilogy. It also marked the beginning of her literary friends nicknaming her, “The crazy pen lady.”
While none of Timi’s works have won major literary awards, they topped OkadaBooks and Bambooks bestsellers charts for weeks and also won her avid readers. Timi loves reading her reader’s reviews and holds tight to a maxim of making her next book better than her previous one.
Other than hosting tea parties with the people in her head and penning their words, Timi enjoys reading psychological thrillers by Stephen King, Dystopian novels by Margaret Atwood, Historical romance novels by Judith McNaught, a bit of Chimamanda Adichie, and Sefi Atta. And, if you look closely, you’d find her keenly studying people to decipher how their minds work.