In line with the vision of Naija Stories to promote reading as well as writing Nigerian stories, we bring you this contest for readers. There will be no writing involved, only questions to answer. We want to find out how well you know your authors, books, and the literary scene as a whole.
We have partnered with a internationally published Nigerian author, Obinna Ozoigbo to bring you the details and prizes of this contest. Obinna Pascal Ozoigbo is the author of The Dust Must Settle, a saga set in Nigeria of the 18th and 19th century, up to the present day, and he is happy for 10 lucky readers to win a paperback copy. The book is available at major bookstores in Nigeria including Silverbird Galleria in Lagos and Abuja, and you can also purchase it on Amazon.
A particlar family unit in West Africa disintegrates after the turn of the nineteenth century. But this family, at the dawning of the twenty-first century, against all odds, is restored. In a bid to escape his father’s tyranny in Arochukwu, Uzo Ogbonna elopes to far-away Calabar with his heartthrob, Ivuaku. But, while living among the Efiks, he is murdered by his best Efik friend, never to set eyes on his motherless triplet children. His life as an Anglophile pays off, an ill Welsh missionary in Calabar, Mary-Ann, sails with the now orphaned triplets to England in 1923. Tracing their ancestral home in Africa, some years after, would have been a lot easier if Mary-Ann had not died, and if these triplets had not been separated. The “machinery” set in motion for the coming together of these triplets seventy-nine years after is skillfully narrated by the author in the Book Two and Book Three of this captivating family saga that spans four generations.
Obinna as a Reader:
His favorite book when he was a child was Cyprian Ekwensi’s Jagua Nana’s Daughter, which was made into a TV miniseries in the 80’s or thereabouts by some Nigerian soap producer/director. Among his best authors are Dickens, Sidney Sheldon, and Taylor-Bradford. One piece of advice Obinna would give to aspiring authors is to not write with winning an award at the back of their mind, otherwise when the awards seem not to be forthcoming, they may get frustrated and may stop writing as a result. He says, “Write, just because you want to write. And I tell you, someone out there would see your work(s), fall in love with it(them), and find you–wherever you may be.”
Obinna submitted these questions for the contest, and you have to do the following to win a copy of his book;
A. Forward the answer the following 10 questions to email@example.com.
B. Include your real name, location and phone number.
C. Submission closes on Friday, April 15th and winners announced Monday, April 18th.
D. Out of all the people who get the answers correct, 1o people will be selected randomly and will each get a copy of the book.
E. The winners must be able to pick up the book from an address in Lagos, or have someone to pick it up for them.
Now to the Questions
1. Who is the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, and which country does [the
winner] come from?
2. Who is the author of The Doomsday Conspiracy, and what year did the author pass on?
3. Who is the world’s richest author? What is the name of [the author’s] most famous
4. Which Nigerian author won the 1991 Booker Prize, and which book won [the author] this
5. Who is the author of So Long A Letter, and which of the countries of Africa is [the
6. Who won the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Literature. Which country does [the author] hail from, and in which country is [the author] resident?
7. Who won the 2008 Nigeria Prize for Literature (the Prose Category)? What is the title of the book that won [the author] this prestigious prize? Which company administers this annual prize in Nigeria?
8. Who wrote the novel, Jagua Nana? What is the name of the protagonist?
9. Which year was Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart published?
10. Which year was Wole Soyinka awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?