Connect with us


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o nominated For Alternative Nobel Prize for Literature Award



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie and Nnedi Okorafor are the 3 African writers nominated for an alternative Nobel Prize for Literature.

Following the shocking cancellation of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature on grounds of a sexual scandal, a group consisting of 100 Swedish cultural figures including writers, actors and a rapper have come together to create an Alternative award.

The Guardian reports that the New Academy opened the doors for Swedish Librarians to nominate authors from across the world who have “told the story of “humans in the world”. The 46  nominees consist of our very own Chimamanda Adichie, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Nigerian/American SciFi writer Nnedi Okorafor.

Other nominees include Cormac McCarthyMargaret Atwood, Amos Oz, Haruki Murakami, Sofi Oksanen, Olga Tokarczuk, J.K. Rowling singer Patti Smith and a strong list of other renowned writers.

Another intriguing part of the New Academy prize is people can actually vote for their favorite author! Voting opened this week on their website.

The New York Times is reporting that voting closes on August 14. After which three finalists will be selected from the votes and announced on the 14th of October. The librarians will also get the opportunity to select a fourth finalist.” A panel made up of a literature professor, two librarians and two literary editors will then choose the winner , The New York Times adds.

The winner will receive 1 Million Kronor which is about $112,000. A banquet will also be held in the winner’s owner just like the Nobel Laureate.


  1. ngozi

    July 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    WOW thats amazing.. congratulations.. I wish all the african nominees good luck. Godbless you

  2. Bowl

    July 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Well CNA , I hope the blunt truth you speak about them will not work against you like it did Chinua Achebe. ! I wish you the best !

  3. Bowl

    July 19, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Meanwhile is Ngugi Wa Thiong ‘ O alive ?

  4. Essien Basey Edet

    July 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    They should have called it by another name and not linked it with the highly respectable Noble institution. From available records, you will find out that witholding of the presentation(s) of the prize in the past had always been for good reason(s) just as the present instance. As for this dubious scheme at micmicking the real Prize, I am quite sure Ng’g’ Nwa’thiongo will not like to be linked with it in view of his wealth of experience. Or, what is your opinion, Wole Soyinka?

  5. jokobaba

    July 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm


  6. kulikuli

    July 19, 2018 at 9:34 pm


  7. CrazyWorld

    July 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Even though I don’t like CNA, I pray that she wins. The Nigerian in me wants her to win. I pray she wins in Jesus Name so i can use her to brag small.

  8. nnenne

    July 20, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I will be rooting for my IDOL, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    Love you forever gurl!

  9. Aisha

    July 22, 2018 at 10:38 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Star Features