The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) are set to hold a book party for 11 authors shortlisted for the 2021 Nigeria Prize for Literature.

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In a statement, Feyisayo Adelakun, CORA’s programme officer, said the event is scheduled for August 8 at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos.

The statement said the winner for this year’s “Africa’s biggest reward for creative excellence” will snag a prize of $100,000.

CORA commended the shortlisted authors for making the cut while disclosing that about 202 entries were received for this year’s edition of the annual contest.

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“To us at CORA, making the shortlist of eleven is already an attestation of the quality of your work,” it said.

“It means that of the 202 entries submitted for the year’s edition of the Prize, your work being among the exceptional eleven could indeed clinch the Prize.”

CORA explained that the objective of the book party is to provide a platform through which the literary public can engage the shortlisted writers on their works.

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It said the shortlisted authors include Olukorede S Yishau (In the Name of Our Father); Obianuju V. Chukwuorji (Delusion of Patriots); Samuel Monye (Give Us Each Day); Anaele Ihuoma (Imminent River); Tony Nwaka (Mountain of Yesterday); and Lucy Chiamaka Okwuma (Neglected).

Others are Obinna Udenwa (The Colours of Hatred); Abi Dare (The Girl with The Louding Voice); Chukwudi Eze (The Return of Half-Something); Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (The Son of The House); and Law Ikay Ezeh (Your Church My Shrine).

The shortlisted authors for this year’s prize were first unveiled on July 2 by Toyin Jegede, the chairman of panel of judges.

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