Chigozie Obioma: Nigerian writer wins German literature award

Chigozie Obioma: Nigerian writer wins German literature award

- The 2020 Internationaler Literaturpries Award has been won by a Nigerian author, Chigozie Obioma

-The German translation of Obioma's novel won him the prestigious award

- The novel is titled An Ochestra of Minorities, and the German title is Das Weinen der Vögel

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A Nigerian author identified as Chigozie Obioma has won the 2020 Internationaler Literaturpries Award.

Obioma won the award through the German translation of his novel, An Ochestra of Minorities, Premium Times reports. gathers that the award, which was founded in 2009, has been honouring outstanding contemporary works especially first-time translations “to rack up voices of relatively unknown authors in Germany”.

Nigerian writer wins German literature award

Chigozie Obioma. Photo credit: Premium Times
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Reacting to the award, Obioma expressed his gratitude to his translator, Nicholai von Schweder, describing him as a remarkable man.

In his words: “While I’m grateful and elated, I owe this win to my wonderful translator, Nicholai von Schweder, a remarkable man and the very best.

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"Also, my wonderful publisher, Piper Verlag. Thank you to all who continue to support my work. It means so much to me!”

In other news, a 23-year-old Nigerian writer identified as Innocent Chizaram Ilo has won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa region.

Ilo, who is the youngest writer to be awarded the Africa 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.

Ilo's short story titled When a Woman Renounces Motherhood won him the prize.

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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Meanwhile, previously reported that three Nigerians were shortlisted for the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing.

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The names of the Nigerians are Irenosen Okojie, Jowhor Ile and Chikodili Emelumadu.

The winner of the prize would be going home with a whopping prize of £10,000 while each shortlisted candidate will get £500.

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