Judges

 

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Rotimi Babatunde (Fiction)

Rotimi Babatunde writes in a variety of genres. He was awarded the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing for ‘Bombay’s Republic’, and his story ‘The Collected Tricks of Houdini’ was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award. His plays have been staged in Europe, Africa and North America, and broadcast on the BBC World Service. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, New Hamshire, and the Bellagio Centre in Italy, among others. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.


Noo Saro-Wiwa

Noo Saro-Wiwa (Non-fiction)

Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in England. She attended King’s College London and Columbia University in New York.

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012) is her first book. It was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2012, and was named The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, 2012. Shortlisted for the Author’s Club Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award in 2013, Looking for Transwonderland was also nominated by The Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. The Guardian newspaper included it among its 10 Best Contemporary Books on Africa in 2012.

It has been translated into French and Italian.

Noo has previously written travel guides for Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. She supports Liverpool FC and is based in the UK.


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Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi (Fiction)

Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi is the Managing Editor of Parresia Publishers.


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Eghosa Imasuen (Non-fiction)

Eghosa Imasuen, a Nigerian novelist and short story writer, was born in 1976. His first novel, To Saint Patrick, an Alternate History murder mystery about Nigeria’s civil war, was published by Farafina in 2008. His second novel, Fine Boys, which chronicles the voices of Nigeria’s post-Biafra generation, was first published in 2011 as an eBook. The print edition was released in 2012.

An alumnus of its inaugural 2007 edition, he was a facilitator at the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Farafina Trust Adichie Creative Writing Workshop.

He is also a medical doctor—graduated from the University of Benin in 1999—and lives in Lagos, Nigeria, with his wife and twin sons. He currently works as the chief operating officer at Kachifo Limited, publishers of the Farafina imprint of books.


 

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Uzor Maxim Uzoatu (Non-fiction)

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu was educated at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he took a degree in Dramatic Arts with Prof Wole Soyinka as Head of Department. He later bagged a Masters degree in Literature at the University of Lagos. He started out in community theatre through which he directed his first play, Doctor of Football, in 1979. His other play is A Play of Ghosts (1989). He has since ventured into journalism and currently serves as the chairman of the Editorial Board of The Union newspapers, Lagos. The 1989 Distinguished Visitor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Western Ontario, Canada, he was nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2008 for his short story “Cemetery of Life” published in Wasafiri magazine, London. He is the author of the poetry collection God of Poetry and the novels Satan’s Story and The Missing Link. He wrote the narrative for Scottish photographer Owen Logan’s picture book, Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive In Nigeria, exhibited at STILLS, Scotland’s Centre For Photography, Edinburgh from August 1 to October 26, 2014. Uzoatu lives in Lagos, Nigeria with his wife Chidimma and their four children.