Vivian Ibe wins Quramo Writers Prize
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Ibe beat close contenders, Joan Thatiahin and Jaiyeola Tomiwa, to the prize, which is annually awarded to an unpublished work of fiction.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.