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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (born 1979) is a Nigerian creative writer and journalist. He was described by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle as a northern Nigerian "literary provocateur" amidst the international acclaim his award-winning novel Season of Crimson Blossoms received in 2016.[1]

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Born 1979 (age 38–39)
Jos, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Alma mater University of Jos
Occupation Writer, journalist
Notable work Season of Crimson Blossoms
Awards Nigeria Prize for Literature (2016)

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CareerEdit

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was born in Jos, North-Central Nigeria, and holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos.[2]

His debut short-story collection The Whispering Trees was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014,[3] with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.[4]

Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize[5] and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013),[6] a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015)[7] and a 2018 Art OMI Fellow.[8] Ibrahim was the recipient of the 2016 Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer's Residency Award.[9] In 2014 he was selected for the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature,[10][11] and was included in the anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (ed. Ellah Allfrey).[12] He was a mentor on the 2013 Writivism programme and judged the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2014.[13] He was chair of judges for the 2016 Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize.[14]

His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, was published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers in Nigeria and by Cassava Republic Press in the UK (2016).[15] Season of Crimson Blossoms was shortlisted in September 2016 for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa's largest literary prize.[16] It was announced on 12 October 2016 that Ibrahim was the winner of the $100,000 prize.[17][18]

Ibrahim is the Features Editor at the Daily Trust newspaper. Ibrahim's reporting from North-East Nigeria has won particular critical acclaim. In May 2018 he was announced as the winner of the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, awarded by the International Center for Journalists, for his report All That Was Familiar, published in Granta magazine in May 2017. [19] Ibrahim was a 2018 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.[20]

He lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

Published worksEdit

  • All That Was Familiar (Granta, 2016)
  • Season of Crimson Blossoms (Nigeria: Parrésia Publishers, 2015; UK: Cassava Republic Press, 2016)
  • Painted Love in Valentine's Day Anthology 2015 (Ankara Press, 2015)
  • The Whispering Trees (Parrésia Publishers, 2012; ISBN 978-9789237258)
  • "Lily in the Moonlight" in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories (New Internationalist, 2014)
  • "Echoes of Mirth" in Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • "The Sunbird with a Broken Wing" (Cecile's Writers Magazine, 2014)
  • "Night Calls" in Daughters of Eve and Other New Short Stories from Nigeria (CCC Press, 2010)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gwendolin Hilse. "Nigeria's Literary Provocateur". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Abubakar Adam Ibrahim". Parrésia Publishers. 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature Longlist". Etisalat Nigeria. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fourteenth Caine Prize shortlist announced". The Caine Prize for African Writing. April 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "African Performance 2007". BBC World Service. 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Selected for the Gabriel García Márquez fellowship in cultural journalism". Fundacion Gabriel Garcia Marquez para el Nuovo Periodismo Iberoamericano. FNPI. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Civitella Announces 2015 Fellows". Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Civitella Ranieri Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Art OMI". 2018-06-06. Archived from the original on 2018-06-06. Retrieved 2018-06-06. 
  9. ^ "Winner of the 2016 Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award announced!". Sylt Foundation. 17 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Margaret Busby, "Africa39: how we chose the writers for Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014", The Guardian, 10 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Africa 39 list of artists". Hay Festival. 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Mukoma Wa Ngugi, "Beauty, Mourning, and Melancholy in Africa39", Los Angeles Review of Books, 9 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Writivism Short Story Prize 2014 Longlist". Books Live. Times Media Group. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Etisalat Prize for Literature". Etisalat Prize for Literature. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Abubakar Adam Ibrahim". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Eresia-Eke, Kudo (31 October 2016). "Shortlist of three for NLNG sponsored US$100,000 literature prize emerges". Nigeria LNG Ltd. 
  17. ^ Odeh, Nehru (12 October 2016). "2016 Winner of $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature announced". Premium Times. 
  18. ^ "Abubakar Adam Ibrahim wins the 2016 Nigerian Prize for Literature", African Writers Trust, 13 October 2016.
  19. ^ "International Center for Journalists". International Center for Journalists. 8 May 2018. 
  20. ^ "All Africa.com". All Africa. 7 November 2017. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. 

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