Nigerian writer wins 2020 Commonwealth short story prize for African region

Nigerian writer wins 2020 Commonwealth short story prize for African region

- A Nigerian writer identified as Innocent Chizaram Ilo has won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa region

- The 23-year-old won the prize with his short story title When a Woman Renounces Motherhood

- He is the youngest writer to win the prize for Africa region

A 23-year-old Nigerian writer identified as Innocent Chizaram Ilo has won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa region.

According to Premium Times, Ilo's short story titled When a Woman Renounces Motherhood won him the prize.

Legit.ng gathers that Ilo, who is the youngest writer to be awarded the African region prize since the establishment of the Commonwealth prize in 2012, will be receiving £2,500 (N1,220,237.50) and a publication with Granta.

Nigerian writer wins 2020 Commonwealth short-story prize for African region

Innocent Chizaram Ilo. Photo credit: Premium Times
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The chair of the judging panel, Ghanaian writer Nii Parkes, commended the story for its “particularly striking confidence switching between languages and Mr Ilo’s unapologetic use of interspersed, un-italicized Igbo and pidgin".

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In other news, every now and then a post surfaces online that inspires many social media users. One man, who was only identified as @ydb_ZN, showed off his business on Twitter and it gathered thousands of reactions.

On Saturday, @ydb_ZN, who owns Khondlo Poultry Farm, shared photos of his business and he gave other social media users a piece of advice.

He said: "My advice to someone who wants to get into poultry farming, between egg production and meat production I would say meat production. A fully grown broiler takes 35 days to be ready for the market and layer takes 18-20 weeks to start laying."

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) co-hosted a 3-day virtual bootcamp Youth Challenge.

The youth challenge was implemented by SAED Connect, a youth empowerment accelerator who guided the participants in the co-creation process.

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