Abubakar Adam Ibrahim; Nigerian writer, winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by the Nigeria LNG Limited. His winning novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms is a sympathetic narrative handling of a most psychologically and emotionally painful tale between an aging widow, who seeks release from her culturally imposed sexual repression, and a young outcast leader of a group of “weed” or hard drug dealers who are ready thugs for politicians.
Ibrahim, who is the Arts Editor with the Daily Trust newspaper, holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. His debut short story collection, The Whispering Trees was on the long-list for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. The Whispering Trees was also shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013), a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015 and was included in the Africa39 anthology of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40. He was a mentor on the 2013 Writivism programme and judged the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2014. Ibrahim is the recipient of the 2016 Goethe-Institut and Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award which he will take up at the Sylt Foundation’s headquarters in 2017[i].
[i] Nation October 15, 2016