Association of Nigerian Authors 2015 ANA Prizes: Call for Entries



For Release: April 7, 2015

The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2015 literary competitions. These are:

1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000. 

2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000. 

3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000. 

4. ANA Prize for Literary Journalism – N 100,000 (Deadline: August 30, 2015). 

5. ANA\NECO Teen Author Prize (prose) N 100,000.00 (published & unpublished works). 

6. ANA\Mazariyya Teen Authors Prize (poetry) N 50,000.00 (published & unpublished works).

ANA is pleased to introduce two new prizes, endowed by Mrs. Maria Ajima and Dr. Wale Okediran, respectively:

7. Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on African Literature) – N100,000

8. ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (short stories) – N200,000.

Nigerian writers, home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2014 and March 2015. 


1. An entry fee of N3,000 per entry,  paid by the author or the publisher, in favour of: 

Association of Nigerian Authors 

First Bank of Nigeria Plc 

[Bodija Market Branch Ibadan] 

Account No. 2020543538 

Please Note 

[a] The entry fee is for the purpose of prize administration only. 

[b] A photocopy of the appropriate Deposit Slip[s] MUST accompany Requirement #2 below. 

2. Six copies (6) of the book or manuscript to be entered, specifying the Prize being entered for, alongside a covering letter and the photocopy of the Deposit Slip used in Requirement 1 above, should be sent by post to: 

The General Secretary, 

Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), 

c/o Suite 63, 

National Theatre Complex, 



The covering letter should contain accurate contact details of the writer or/and publisher of the work, including email and surface mail addresses and telephone numbers. 

Please Note 

[a] The Association will NOT take responsibility for entries sent by post nor will it claim registered parcels in cases where it has to pay for such entries or parcels. 

[b] Multiple entries, where applicable, are allowed but a work must not have been entered for the same prize prior to the present entry and it must have been published between 2014 and 2015. 

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Teen Authors Prize (published and unpublished works). 

1. Entrants must be students in any secondary school in Nigeria. 

2. Entries must be a collection or a single story of between 35 – 40 pages or above for prose or poetry. 

3. Illustration (optional). 

4. Accompanying documents are: 

(i) Signed letter of identification from school principal on school letterhead. 

(ii) Two passport photographs, name, and copy of birth certificate of the entrant. 

(iii) Entrant’s school admission letter (photocopy). 

(iv) Current cumulative record of entrant’s academic performance (junior or secondary school). 

(v) Letter of consent from parents. 

(vi) Entrant’s or their guardian’s email, surface mail address and phone number. 

5. Unpublished entries (in four copies) should be properly bound. 

6. Teen Authors are NOT required to pay an entry fee. 

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (published and unpublished works) 

Length: Between 25-30 pages of A4 paper size following format of academic essays.

 1. Type double spaced using MS Word. Use Times New Roman Type face 12 point font size.

2. The essay, if published in a journal, book or as electronic text, must be within the valid dates indicated on this call for submissions.

3. Referencing style is either the latest MLA or APA style.

4. Five hard copies as loose sheets or as a bound monograph are to be submitted to ANA, plus a soft copy sent by email to

 5. The competition will be rotated annually in areas surrounding poetry, drama, prose fiction and theory.

6. The essay should not be of generalized survey, but should rather be focused on specific texts of a few selected authors at a time.

7. The essay should state where the texts or performance analysed can be accessed or located.

In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.

Copyright: The copyright to every winning entry is to be held by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Maria Ajima Trust, and the author of the work. The winning entry will be published in subsequent ANA Reviews.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction [Short Stories].

1. Only published work are accepted.

2. Seven [7] copies of each entry are to be sent in.

3. Entries must have been published no earlier than twenty four months BEFORE the date indicated on the call for submissions. 

In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.


Deadline for the receipt of ALL entries, excepting the Prize for Literary Journalism, for the 2015 ANA Literary Prizes is Friday, May 22, 2015. A shortlist will be announced in September, 2015.


Winners of the prizes will be announced by the judges at the Awards Dinner during the 34th International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors in October/November, 2015. 

Richard Ali  

Publicity Secretary [North]

Association of Nigerian Authors 

The Land is Now Green

                         for Muhammadu Buhari

Tears of joy for my country 

Flow now from my eyes

Fill these channels of hope 

Irrigate the dry patches of the land,

Let cries of abundance

Bubble from the mouth of babes

For the  future of the nation

Now hitches on wheels of progress,

Tears of joy for our country

Flow now from our eyes

These cleansing showers from the skies

To rid the land of rot and shame

Let the sun now shine through

To the abundance of a full day! 

(C) Kabura Zakama

To Play Safe or to Play Strong: A Response to Chike Ofili’s Buhari and Sambo Certificate Questions Begging for Answers

An elegant writeup as usual, Chike! You raise profound issues and leave your readers with no doubts as to what is good for Nigeria.

However, there is a little bit of that overkill, which, alas, is also associated with your writing. It strikes one as if you are acting in a drama, ala Nollywood – highly entertaining in a few places, and, to be honest, mostly boring and makes for a painful watching, or, in this case, reading. Again, that is your opinion, which sometimes, you mold into ‘gospel truth’ (my reading of your writeup).

The subject of your letter is lack of educational certificates of the APC presidential candidate and the PDP vice presidential candidate or rather that they have not provided evidence that they indeed have achieve formal education certification.

Now, mostly all this is in the realm of speculation as nothing as been proved as conclusive. Agreed, the silence on the part of the subjects does not help their case. However, given that these guys are not new entrants into our polity, there is much more that needs to be verified and disposed of before we begin to sit in judgement. Of course, it’s easier for you to take the speculative route again and wish away the ‘misdeed’ as Jega’s collusion with his kinsman, both members of the privileged Fulani. Others have consistently said that Professor Jega has been leaning more towards PDP. How we can reconcile this paradox is left to be seen.

Mind you, there has been numerous cases of certificate scandals in the country, and there will be many more, but you have chosen to colour these ones with Fulani privilegism, if I may coin a word. You may be right in doing so, given that most certificate scandals from the North may have been those involving people of the Hausa and Fulani stock. And the apparent educational gap in their part of the North.

The Constitution is not as watertight on this issue as you think. I am not a lawyer so I may be out of my depth here. Now, if one lies about getting a certificate, that’s criminal and one should be prosecuted. But if someone says their certificate is missing or kept somewhere, then it’s not so clear cut.

Now if Buhari does not have a school certificate but swore an affidavit that he has it and that its with the Army, then he has lied. But INEC cannot prosecute him, neither can APC. Someone who feels aggrieved by this should. You can! As an interested citizen, you can go to court. PDP can! As an opposition party, they stand to gain a lot if the courts can convict Buhari of lying! But first, sir, they would have to prove that he doesn’t have a certificate!

Our Constitution is fraught with difficulties. It says one thing in a section and cancels it out in another, except in a few cases. Some lawyer, it was Abdul Mahmud, posted on Facebook thus (I don’t know how to provide link to his Facebook post):

For those accidental constitutional lawyers, please this is a gentle reminder. On the Presidential Certificate saga, to quote S.131 CFRN 1999 isn’t enough. Please, this section, particularly subsection (d), must be read in conjunction with S.318(1) CFRN 1999 to understand what it means to be “educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent”. Well, the CFRN 1999 says “ability to read, write, understand and communicate in English language” is equivalent to School Certificate. This is the minimum level of presidential eligibility. Oya, I am off to the British Council to do The Proficiency in English Language Test. The drafters of our constitution must be stupid. Stupid (Abdul Mahmud, on Facebook).

Of course, Olu Oguibe thinks differently. Nevertheless, INEC has said they cannot prosecute Buhari (according to Kayode Idowu, INEC spokesperson).

Don’t get me wrong, I think having a school certificate is great. But in this case, there are graver things at stake than a mere piece of paper. The man can read, write and communicate and that should suffice. I am a believer in literacy, functional literacy. There is a difference, for me, between ‘ilmi’ (education) and ‘kwakwalwa’ (intelligence). Buhari has gone to some of the best military schools in the world and has risen to a General. If there was a faulty foundation, then let us try and rectify the system that promoted it. Now if he is proven to have lied, that’s an entirely different thing. Different entirely!

My opinion of this issue is that if Buhari lied about having a certificate, he should be prosecuted and if proven guilty, he should be disqualified from the presidential race. I think that in the last contests, Buhari was not seen as a threat and the possession or not of a certificate did not matter. Now that Buhari is seen as a real threat, some mischief has been cooked up. I am willing to change my opinion if he is proved to have lied!

In your conclusion then, that Buhari, your man, does not deserve to be president on the basis of his being of the Fulani stock, you have taken a gracious helping of assumption and arbitrary sentencing!

For your information, the North has changed a lot. While I was growing, we, the minority peoples of the North, were bamboozled by the Fulani and Hausa elites. Then, they said we were all Northerners and should unite for our common goal. Afterwards, they differentiated between the Hausa and Fulani on one side and the other ‘yare’ (tribes) on the other; and between Muslims and Christians. Secondly, the majority of Hausa and Fulani citizens are not beneficiaries of the elites like say Namadi Sambo or Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. They have been worse off by the privilegism of the elites. In fact, as you pointed out, it can be argued that the local populations of the Hausas and the Fulanis and other parts of the North have fared better under non-Hausas and non-Fulanis. Nomadic education in Nigeria was greatly boosted by the appointment of an Igbo Professor as the first Executive Secretary of the National Council for Nomadic Education! And as you are wont to point out, Goodluck has invested in Almajiri Schools! I might even hazard a point that the effect of Dangote’s billions might not really be felt by the ordinary Hausa or Fulani person, or the minority peoples for that matter! If the masses from the Hausa and Fulani stock are shortchanged by privilegism, you don’t want to know what we, the Minorities of the North, go through.

So you see, the talakwa (masses) of the North do not really benefit from Hausa or Fulani privilegism. They, like you, would like to see the end of these elites. But we have people who have sided with the ordinary people such as Aminu Kano. You can also attest to the fact that Buhari has not lived in that cloud of privilegism. Yes, he might have climbed up on it as you rightly said, but he has parted ways with it. You call him ‘my Buhari’ so I assume you know the kind of life he lives. I would not bore you by listing the proves of his austere way of life and his regard for rule of law. We need that kind of example irrespective of his Fulani roots. I don’t need to point out to you, anyway, that generalisation can be an injustice!

On the subject of privilegism, you must know that the Hausa and the Fulani do not have exclusive rights to it. It exists in all parts of the country. It manifests in being from a particular people or clan, attending a particular school or being in a particular profession, and so it goes on. No sir, privilegism is not a preserve of the Fulanis or Hausas. Look around you and you will find it everywhere.

I was in my first year in Vet School when Buhari overthrew the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and there was a semblance of equalisation in his dealings with all classes. I say semblance because I agree that there was favouritism in his testament of Shagari and Ekwueme. That is a fault that he must account for. But during his brief dictatorship, he did not pay too much attention to people’s privileges. Emirs and Obas were treated just like you and me. Again, I say there is a semblance of hope that he can hit privilegism where it hurts.. But first he needs to win and election and then get everybody behind him.

Now to conclusions. Whereas you prefer that we return an ineffective, albeit ‘safe’ government as you posit, just so the ‘privileged’ Fulani do not come to power, I prefer we try the ‘strong hand’ as you so put it. This is because, in my opinion, we need a strong hand to right the injustice perpetrated by the privileged class in our society, which you know, learned as you, that they are found in every part of Nigeria.

Playing a SAFE hand would maintain the status quo and keep Nigeria in bondage. Playing a STRONG hand would bring about change and propel us to greatness as a nation. Devoid of any sentiments except the good of the nation, let us lay aside our SAFE hand and play our STRONG hand!

Fishing for Votes

The electioneering campaigns now have degenerated into:
1. Numb as many people as possible with religion and ethnicity
2. Spread as much propaganda as you can about the opposition

The salient issues will take care of themselves!


A relationship is very important. Irrespective of the type and level. Usually personal convenience gains prominence but it spoils the relationship. It is certainly easier to move on and leave the hassles in a relationship but it’s difficult to know whether to move on or not. And when to move on.

I mostly respond to actions and words rather than to a determination to understand them. That is to say I respond with my emotions. By the time the emotions are cooled, the harm is done. Then I realise that making a new relationship is easier than patching up a wounded one. That is the fault of pride. It is difficult to swallow my pride and restart an injured relationship.

Can I change? Can I evaluate the relationship before I respond to words and actions that don’t sit comfortable with me? Can I evaluate the relationship before I say or do things that are inimical to the relationship? I believe I can.

Can I take action to facilitate the healing of an injured relationship? Would I be willing to say the first word or to make the first move? Would I, would I?

The Sins of Muhammadu Buhari according to Wikileaks: Dr Reuben Abati Campaigns for APC

Many supporters of PDP are wont to throw mud at the opposition rather than address personality and substance. The chief of them all, Dr Reuben Abati, displayed cluelessness when he shared, on his Facebook page, an expose on Buhari from Wikileaks in his bid to mudsling the General. His followers immediately began to share the post with glee! Little did they know that they are actually extolling the virtues of Buhari and his lifelong desire to bring about change in Nigeria.

Let us look at the so-called damning evidence against Buhari according to Wikileaks being touted by Dr Reuben Abati, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s media man.

1. ‘The eviction of Shagari came as a welcome relief as did Buhari’s promise to root out corruption.’

Does this not show that the Americans actually hailed the coming of Buhari then as a commitment to ‘root out corruption?’ It’s like America legitimised Buhari’s coup-d’etat as they saw it as a ‘WELCOME RELIEF!’(emphasis mine). Unfortunately, IBB truncated that reform and introduced the policy of ‘settlement’ which is the order of the day today, re: FFK, Alamesiagha, Bode, Mohammed Abacha and many others.

Methinks, if America is truly honest, it should be a welcome relief again if Buhari wins the 2015 election.

2. ‘Expulsion of 700,000 illegal immigrants from neighboring African states.’

Ok, so the article called it ‘brutal’ expulsion. Were not illegal immigrants a problem to Nigeria then and now? They even said then that Maitatsine wasn’t a Nigerian. Buhari it was, I think, that crushed the Maitatsine insurgency. So what was wrong in expelling illegal immigrants? What country is there that is not expelling illegal immigrants? Just this week, three guards were acquitted of the killing of a man that was being deported! How many NIGERIANS are being expelled everyday from other countries? Why is it a crime when a patriot expels unwanted and illegal immigrants?

Even now, many people have said that some Boko Haram insurgents are non-Nigerians. Would it be wrong to expel them? I think if Buhari was the President, he would have done so again and Nigeria would be spared of many headaches.

3. ‘Jailed hundreds of political opponents.’

I don’t know what America means here, but I’m not sure that a military dictator has ‘political’ opponents. Maybe they mean, democracy activists who were intent on restoring democracy. May be. I am not condoning coup-d’etats, but if Buhari came to power as a coupist, surely he would want to stabilise things, if it were possible, before tolerating the thieving politicians?

He did well to jail those corrupt politicians, as it should be happening if we had a serious government in place! If Buhari were to come back, many of these ‘fat’ politicians would be in jail today.

4. ‘Muzzled a once aggressive press.’

Buhari should have courted the media here as helpers in the reforms. True, he didn’t have to have promulgated Decree 4, but who knows how ‘brown envelope’ was a hindrance then as it is today? Some dictators sent parcel bombs and today they are big advisers to the government. Militants kidnap journalists and we are in a democratic dispensation! Hypocrites!

5. ‘Dismissed 30,000 soldiers as a cost-cutting measure.’

Ok, so America thought it was wrong to cut cost by reducing an army in a peace time? What was wrong with Buhari trimming an army feeding fat on corrupt politicians? The man was cutting costs and they were not happy! No wonder we have one of the most bloated governments today!

If Buhari was in power today, it would then mean that all these sycophants masquerading as special assistants and advisers would be jobless! Imagine the money saved from paying these unwanted lots for better projects!

Ok, does Abati prefer that his boss keeps a bloated but underfunded army that runs away from insurgents? Ha!

6. ‘Soured Nigeria’s relations with Britain, when he was accused of masterminding a clumsy and unsuccessful attempt in July 1984 to kidnap President Shagari’s brother-in-law, former Transport Minister Umaru Dikko.’

These same Americans would use any means to bring to justice people from any corner of the world but not so for other countries, abi?! This government would rather pay obeisance to Britain, abi?

What Buhari did with Dikko showed the extent to which he (Buhari) wanted to bring all corrupt politicians to book and instead of hailing him today, Abati wants us to vilify him!

When some politicians remember what Buhari did to Dikko, they quake to their bones and will do everything possible to hinder his presidency. If Buhari wins the 2015 elections, they know they have no hiding place anywhere in the world! No presidential pardons for convicted thieves as we have today!

Also, why should we pander to colonial masters and other superpowers?! They pushed away the ladder that they used to develop their countries and wants puppets they can control to impoverish citizens in other countries. We need a leader that would work with every country on the basis of mutual respect and accountability, not as masters and servants! Today, we have voodoo rebasings as Bretton Woods economists are handling our money/economy. On paper, we are the biggest economy in Africa but we have the largest number of people living on emptiest stomachs! And that’s not just because of our population oo!

7. ‘Undermined traditional rulers throughout Nigeria, slashing their benefits and questioning their authority.’

For the first time, there were no sacred cows and they say he undermined traditional rulers. What about the incumbent president who tampered with the wishes of the Kano Emirates in a time of democracy? While I respect traditional authorities, that is just what they are. If they meddle into politics they should be sanctioned! I felt good when the traditional rulers were not treated as sacred cows! Buhari would do it again! That’s why Dr Abati dug up this Wikileaks article to make traditional rulers reject Buhari!

Come to think of it, why should traditional rulers have benefits from the government when there is no welfare in place for the ordinary citizens? What authority should they have when they impoverish the people? May God bring Buhari back to put them in their places unless they earn respect and authority!


So for Dr Reuben Abati, I thank you for digging this eloquent testimony to Buhari’s patriotism and commitment to Nigeria.

For my friends who support PDP, such as Joan Oji, thank you for urging me to go to Dr Abati’s Facebook page to read this wonderful piece that has strengthened my faith in Buhari’s commitment and zeal to heal Nigeria’s fundamental problems and set her on her path to glory in the comity of nations!

Please, continue to dig up more of these nuggets of gold!