By Damilola Faustino
Nigerian writers, Chimamanda Adichie and Nnedi Okorafor have been nominated for an alternative Nobel Prize for Literature.
Their nomination was as a result of the cancellation of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature on grounds of a sexual scandal.
In place of this, a group consisting of 100 Swedish cultural figures including writers, actors and a rapper have come together to create an Alternative award.
According to reports, the New Academy opened the doors for Swedish Librarians to nominate authors from across the world who have “told the story of humans in the world”.
The 46 nominees include Chimamanda Adichie and Nigerian/American Sci Fi writer Nnedi Okorafor.
The unique part of the New Academy prize is that people can actually vote for their preferred author. Voting opened this week on their website right here.
Voting closes on August 14, after which three finalists will be selected from the votes and announced on the 14th of October. The winner will receive 1 Million Kronor which is about $112,000. A banquet will also be held in the winner’s honour just like the Nobel Prize.
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