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Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Anambra1stSon(m): 6:05pm On Jun 03, 2020
A Nigerian writer, Innocent Ilo, has been named the regional winner for Africa of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story, “When a Woman Renounces Motherhood.”

Founded in 2012, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction. It is open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and older in five regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and the Pacific.

The prize is awarded to the five regional winners with each receiving £2,500 (approximately N1.2 million) and a publication with Granta, The global winner gets an additional £5,000 (approximately N2.4 million).

23-year-old Mr Ilo is the youngest writer to be awarded the Africa region prize since its establishment in 2012.

He joins an illustrious line of Nigerian literary figures like Jekwu Anyaegbun who won with the entry, ‘Morrison Okoli’ in 2012; Lesley Armah who won with ‘Light’ in 2016; Akwaeke Emezi who won with ‘Who is like God’ in 2017 and Efua Traoré, with ‘True Happiness’ in 2018.

Mr Ilo’s award-winning story is about the bond between a woman and her mother in the face of a sexist tradition.

The chair of the judging panel, Ghanaian writer Nii Parkes, praised the story for its “particularly striking confidence switching between languages and Mr Ilo’s unapologetic use of interspersed, un-italicized Igbo and pidgin.”

The regional prize judge, Mohale Mashigo, said “When a Woman Renounces Motherhood’ is one of those stories that tell you something shocking and yet leave you with empathy for the characters in a story.
The writing is so specific and intimate which makes you want to go back and read it again… and again.”
The five judges representing the regions of the Commonwealth are Mohale Mashigo for Africa, William Phuan for Asia, Heather O’Neill for Canada and Europe, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw for Caribbean and Nic Low for Pacific.
In his reaction to the win, Mr Ilo said he was too emotional and all he could do was to share the good news with his mother.

“I still can’t wrap my head around it. You know you always dream of this moment, how you’ll scream from the rooftops and rent your clothes. Then it comes by sudden and the only thing you can do is call your mother and cry over the phone about how proud your father would have been if he was alive.

“This means so much to me. I feel grateful, honored, proud and humbled at the same time. This is one of those moments that make me look back at all the late nights and piles of rejection emails and say, ‘Maybe, just maybe, this writing thing is worth it’,” he said.

Asides from the £2,500 cash prize, each winner will have a publication in Granta, a renowned literary journal.

The 23-year-old writer has been a finalist for the Gerald Kraak Award and Short Story Day Africa Prize; his works have been featured in Fireside Magazine—Overland, Strange Horizons, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores and Cast of Wonders.
He has also won the Africa YMCA and Oxford Festival of the Arts short story contests.
The other regional winners are: “The Great Indian Tee and Snakes” by Kritika Pandey (Asia Region), “Wherever Mister Jensen Went” by Reyah Martin (Canada and Europe Region), “Mafootoo” by Brian S. Heap (Caribbean Region) and “The Art of Waving” by Andrea E. Macleod (Pacific Region).
The overall winner will be announced during a special online award ceremony at 1 p.m BST on Junemployment 30.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/entertainment/artsbooks/395931-nigerian-writer-wins-2020-commonwealth-short-story-prize-for-african-region.html

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Africonji: 6:06pm On Jun 03, 2020
Igbo Amaka. cool

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Ezennwa(m): 6:08pm On Jun 03, 2020
hmm!

Igbos are making us proud.
It can only be an Igbo man, Igbo Amaka.

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Anambra1stSon(m): 6:12pm On Jun 03, 2020
He joins an illustrious line of Nigerian literary figures like Jekwu Anyaegbun who won with the entry, ‘Morrison Okoli’ in 2012; Lesley Armah who won with ‘Light’ in 2016; Akwaeke Emezi who won with ‘Who is like God’ in 2017 and Efua Traoré, with ‘True Happiness’ in 2018.

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by SLAP44: 6:16pm On Jun 03, 2020
Let me quickly congratulate the gifted writer and run before our friends will arrive grin

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Sylraph1: 6:22pm On Jun 03, 2020
SLAP44:
Let me quickly congratulate the gifted writer and run before our friends will arrive grin
Our friends indeed.. hahahahaha

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nwanyiogwashi(f): 6:24pm On Jun 03, 2020
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He joins an illustrious line of Nigerian literary figures like Jekwu Anyaegbun who won with the entry, ‘Morrison Okoli’ in 2012; Lesley Armah who won with ‘Light’ in 2016; Akwaeke Emezi who won with ‘Who is like God’ in 2017 and Efua Traoré, with ‘True Happiness’ in 2018.

Cc sammy07 grin cheesy Igbo Amaka , ogwashi ukwu Amaka cool

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nwanyiogwashi(f): 6:25pm On Jun 03, 2020
SLAP44:
Let me quickly congratulate the gifted writer and run before our friends will arrive grin
Make I call one for you grin cc sammy07 grin

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Racoon(m): 6:27pm On Jun 03, 2020
Another feather to the blessed Igbo people.Congrats to Nigeria.

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nobody: 6:30pm On Jun 03, 2020
Congrats to Nigerians all over the world making us proud.

Naija Amaka grin

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by ghettokid1(m): 6:31pm On Jun 03, 2020
"IGBO AMAKA" should be added to the National Anthem biko, we are making Nigeria proud both home and abroad

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nobody: 6:40pm On Jun 03, 2020
Amarabae:
am expecting my last baby ,and the scan says that its a girl.
when she arrives, I and my husby have decided to name her "Igboamaka"
lol Igbo amaka,
hug a transformer if you are pained
I'm...
When...

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Slawormir: 6:40pm On Jun 03, 2020
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by rawtouch: 6:40pm On Jun 03, 2020
congratulations

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by EzzyCarter: 6:41pm On Jun 03, 2020
grin
Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by BeautifulWoman(f): 6:41pm On Jun 03, 2020
Nigerians don't read

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Surinamese4(m): 6:41pm On Jun 03, 2020
Wow big congrats to him.

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nobody: 6:41pm On Jun 03, 2020
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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by kenzysmith: 6:42pm On Jun 03, 2020
k

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Reex12(m): 6:42pm On Jun 03, 2020
if u wanna hide somtin from an african man hide it in a book
Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by ThatFairGuy: 6:42pm On Jun 03, 2020
May God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria. The young man has done us proud...
WE'RE PROUD OF YOU AS A NIGERIAN

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by itsIYKE(m): 6:42pm On Jun 03, 2020
Igbo bu igbo

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Justiceleague1: 6:42pm On Jun 03, 2020
Lzaa imhotep cool

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Ebukawaylaid(m): 6:42pm On Jun 03, 2020
Anywhere you see me, call me ONYE IGBO.... Igbo Amaka!!!

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nobody: 6:43pm On Jun 03, 2020
Justiceleague1:
Lzaa imhotep cool
Sanwo-Olu knows that Igbo amaka grin

Cc lzaa johnmartus

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by NaijadrivaCars: 6:43pm On Jun 03, 2020
Igbo people tongue
Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by EzzyCarter: 6:45pm On Jun 03, 2020
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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by Nobody: 6:45pm On Jun 03, 2020
Stingy UK grin
Why not make this 5k.
Was 2k for long. Now they added 500quid.

Aka gum grin
Congrats to the guy abeg.
Don't mind me

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Re: Innocent Ilo Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short-story For African Region by entreprelaptop(m): 6:46pm On Jun 03, 2020
Nya kpotu ba

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