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    Izunna Okafor Wins The 2015 Nigerian Writers Award– The Indigenous Writer of The Year. Izunna I. Okafor, a Young Nigerian Writer from Anambra State has won The Indigenous Writer of The Year 2015. This award which was organized by The Nigerian Writers Award was announced and celebrated on 6th Jan. 2016 at Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria. The Indigenous Writer of The Year Award was one of the 24 major categories of award contested for in the 2015 Nigerian Writers Award. The Prestigeous Nigerian Writers Award which is the first of its kind was launched in 2015 for rewarding and celebrating Nigerian Writers who have been making a great difference in their various fields and areas of writing. And it cuts across all genres with 24 major categories being contested for in its first edition of 2015. In that its first (2015) edition, the contest attracted over eight thousand people who visited the NWA website to nominate numerous Nigerian Writers who have proven their worth in their various areas of writing. Both Nigerian writers in Nigeri and those in diasphora. And as such, numerous entries were recieved for the entries. Out of the thousands of entries which were recieved, 231 noninees were shortlisted for the 24 major categories. Among the 231 shortlisted nominees was Izunna I. Okafor, an Anambra Young Nigerian Writer. For his fourth Awards winning Igbo novel titled ‘AJO ENYI’, Izunna I. Okafor was shortlisted in 2 out of the 24 major categories as ‘The Young Writer of The Year 2015 (20-26 years)’ and ‘The Indigenous Writer of The Year 2015. Among those shortlisted were also other prominent Nigerian Writers from various parts of the country who also write in different languages. Also in the shortlist were, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Onyeka Nwelue among other International Nigerian Literary figures. Some of these readers and judges vote in other to ascertain their winners, and the voting period lasted for over one month. On 6th February 2016, at Terra Kulture Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos State Nigeria were the award was celebrated, the winners were announced. And Izunna I. Okafor was announced The Winner Indigenous Writer of The Year 2015. Izunna born 9th Jan. 1994 is a Young Nigerian Writer who hails from Nnewi South Local Government of Anambra state. He is one of the most published Young Nigerian writers of this contemporary generation. This award-winning writer who started writing publishing during his secondary school days, has written and published several books which have been widely read, applauded and praised, even by critics, prominent authors and other people who are specialists in the area of writing. Among his books include ‘IKEM’S ADVENTURE’ (2012); ‘THE CURSE OF A WIDOW’ (2013); ‘THE FAITHFUL CHILDREN’ (2014); ‘AJO ENYI’ (2015); ‘IGBO AMAKA’, ‘TEACH ME GRAMMER’, ‘THE EDUCATED ILLITERATE’; among others. Izunna has featured and been featured in so many writers workshop, conferences, seminars, awards, contests and other major literary activities. With that his fourth Igbo novel ‘AJO ENYI’, Izunna is also the winner of The Society of Young Nigerian Writers Award/ 2015 Pita Nwanna Prize for Igbo literature. He writes majorly in the English and the Igbo Language. But because he is a well grounded patriotic Igbo man, he cherishes and has great passion and inseparable love for Igbo Language, his ‘mother toungue’, and thus, tirelessly works to uphold and uplift it. Being a commited Young Writer, Izunna is a member of various literary associations, including The Society of Young Nigerian Writers where is currently the National Auditor, The South-Eastern Zonal Info. Sec. as well as the co-ordinator Anambra state chapter of the association. Izunna has been making enormous contributions and is consequently recording numerous achievements in the firmaments of Nigerian and African Literature. To know more about him, visit: http://www.izunnaokafor.wordpress.com

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