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Nigerian Author Abimbola Dare Wins the 2018 Bath Novel Award



On September 13, 2018, Nigerian author, Abimbola Dare was announced as the winner of the 2018 Bath Novel Award. The award is an international prize for emerging novelists who have either been unpublished, or independently published.

Felicity Blunt with Abi Dare

Abimbola Dare, who is also a BellaNaija contributor {Click here to read some of her stories on BN} has published four books and is currently completing her Masters degree in Creative Writing.

As the winner of the award, Abimbola Dare will receive £2,500 for her story titled, “The Girl with the Louding Voice”

The Girl with the Louding Voice beat 1200 other stories to clinch the prize!

The Bath Novel Award 2018

The writer of the most promising longlisted novel will receive “a place on Learn to Edit Your Novel the Professional Way – an 18-week online course from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy”Shortlisted authors will receive literary agency introductions and manuscript feedback.

A huge congratulations to our Bimbylads ? and the other shortlisted writers.

Photo Credit: Emma Seal


  1. Radiant

    September 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Wow. Congratulations.

  2. Dr.N

    September 14, 2018 at 11:50 am


  3. Teekay

    September 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Well done Abimbola! Greater heights!

  4. Tincan

    September 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Bimbylads!! Well done girl. Trust Chinese eyes and all rest of the fam are well. Great to hear good news from ya. Stay blessed.

    On behalf of the old bloggers association ?

    • Anon

      September 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      nice one, I remember hahaha!!

    • neon

      September 14, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      this brings back so many memories!!!!

    • Miss Natural

      September 14, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      So that was her! I love her books! Congrats to her!

  5. Moreni

    September 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    She’s a great authour! “When broken chords sings” is still one of my fav books from her although a little too religious for my liking, it was a very eye opening and interesting novel. Congratulations!!!

  6. Cocoa

    September 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    This is only the beginning, Amen.

  7. JJ Alleson

    February 8, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I just read this extract and was off to buy the book. Nowhere to be found. I really hope we see the publication soon.. A best seller and a movie in the making..

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