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3 Africans Nominated For Alternative Nobel Prize for Literature Award

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Nnedi Okorafor have been longlisted for The Alternative Nobel Prize, the only three Africans nominated. The 47-name longlist includes such heavyweight figures as Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates, JK Rowling, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Thomas Pynchon, Arundhati Roy, Donna Tartt, Zadie Smith, and Elena Ferrante. The award is open for voting until August 14.

Kenyan writer and intellectual Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s ideas were (and still are) relevant to Kenya and Kenyans, so the post-colonial Kenyan establishment had to shut him up. Pro-African intellectualism not welcome here. Photo: EPA

Created by The New Academy, an organisation of Swedish librarians, in response to news that the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature would not be awarded following the sex scandal rocking the Swedish Academy who awards the prize, The Alternative Nobel Prize states that a considered author must be a “writer of literary fiction who within the reader has entered the story of mankind in the world.” Considered authors further need to have published at least two works, one of which must be within the last ten years. Nobel Prize in Literature laureates are not eligible.

Nigerian Author Chimamanda Adichie

The shortlist will have four writers—three of whom will be voted in, the last of whom would be nominated by the librarians. Given the Nobel Prize’s questionable history of 14 female winners out of 114 laureates, The Alternative Nobel’s shortlist will be restricted by gender—two women, two men.

Nigerian Auther, Nnedi Okorafor

The longlist has been praised by Book Riot as “representing a new level of diversity for the typically predictable Nobel list,” and by The Guardian as “a wonderfully eclectic lineup.”

Vote for Ngugi wa Thiong’o HERE.

Vote for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie HERE.

Vote for Nnedi Okorafor HERE.

Voting closes August 14.

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