Vi­vian Ibe wins Qu­ramo Writ­ers Prize

The Punch - - ART & LIFE - Chux Ohai

AF­TER a three-day lit­er­ary event or­gan­ised by Qu­ramo pub­lish­ing and tagged ‘Qu­ramo Fes­ti­val of Words,’ which fea­tured lit­er­ary mas­ter­classes, panel dis­cus­sions and ex­cit­ing film screen­ings, Vi­vian Ibe was an­nounced as the win­ner of the 2019 edi­tion of the Qu­ramo Writ­ers’ prize, with her en­try, What dreams are made of.

Ibe beat close con­tenders, Joan Tha­ti­ahin and Jaiye­ola Tomiwa, to the prize, which is an­nu­ally awarded to an un­pub­lished work of fic­tion. While Tha­ti­ahin emerged first run­ner-up for her en­try, Guilty, the third po­si­tion went to Tomiwa’s, You will be fine.

With this feat, Ibe be­came the first fe­male win­ner of the prize since the in­cep­tion of the lit­er­ary prize af­ter past

•Ibe (m) re­ceiv­ing her prize at the event win­ners, Sa­muel Monye and Em­manuel In its ci­ta­tion of ‘What dreams are made Michael. of’, the panel added, “Our win­ning en­try is

The panel of judges in the prize, led a fast-paced, ac­tion-packed thriller with by Toni Kan, de­scribed the win­ning great char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, and dol­lops of wit en­try as an as­sured and as­tute work of and hu­mour. It will find le­gions of read­ers fic­tion from a writer whose sen­si­bil­ity and spark ur­gent con­ver­sa­tions es­pe­cially is pop­u­lar with­out veer­ing into the among the mil­len­ni­als and so ul­ti­mately su­per­fi­cial. ex­pand the uni­verse of the prize.”

Re­spond­ing to her win, Vi­vian Onyekachi Ibe said “I am hon­estly over­whelmed by the out­come be­cause I re­ally didn’t ex­pect it. My in­ten­tion was to just come around and con­grat­u­late the win­ner.”

The win­ner of the Qu­ramo Writ­ers prize goes home with a cash prize of one mil­lion naira and the pos­si­bil­ity of a Qu­ramo book pub­lish­ing deal.

When asked how long it took to put the book to­gether, Ibe, who works in the ad­min­is­tra­tive sec­tion of a La­gos law firm said that it took two weeks to piece the win­ning en­try of 50,000 words to­gether.

“I first saw the an­nounce­ment for the en­try on Okada books and I de­cided to go for it,” she said, when asked about how she stum­bled on the com­pe­ti­tion.

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