Two Nigerians are on the recently announced Golden Baobab Prize shortlist: Philip Begho, on the shortlist for The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books and Fego Martins Ahia, on the shortlist for The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers. The Golden Baobab Prizes for African Children’s literature were set up to celebrate and inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories.
Fego’s story, The Little Secret, which has shortlisted for the Golden Baobab Rising Writer Prize, is said to be “a well written, original story with good use of humour” by a member of the Golden Baobab Prizes evaluation team. Below is an excerpt from The Little Secret:
Her father was standing at the tall window, drinking his palm wine from a long green bottle. Grandma Tutu had written her a birthday letter in soft pencil lines as if she were a child. Meanwhile, Mama was outside in the yard and the sun had fallen behind the hills. Night was coming, so the light bulb hung from the white ceiling above them and spread soft yellow light like a small sun in the dark room.
Fego, who is a first year student at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, mentions Americanah author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as his favourite writer. When asked why he has such a passion for writing, Fego said, “Writing gives me an amazing chance to re-examine truths about the world I inhabit. I relish the opportunity to craft my own characters and build a world around their lives. I find delight in telling stories which are too beautiful or tragic to be left untold, as these explore various aspects of the human society, within and without the scope of my colorful experiences.” Fego hopes to soon complete a full-length novel and to one day have his works read all over Africa and the rest of the world.
The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature was established in July 2008 to inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories by gifted African writers. The Prizes invite entries of unpublished stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based pan African social enterprise dedicated to supporting African writers and illustrators to create winning African children’s books.
Visit www.goldenbaobab.org to know more about the The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature.