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NIGERIAN WRITING: SEASON OF LISTS AND 'CABALISTIC' AWARDS

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It is that time of the year when the Nigerian writing community bickers over ranking lists and personalized awards. As a person who has been very much involved in the Nigerian literary space as a writer, publisher, and promoter, I think I need to say a word or two about this annual ritual. First and foremost, l must state categorically here that I do not consider ANY award, in any sphere of human endeavor as 100% objective. I simply refuse to accept that. Subjectivity has always been involved in the selection of award recipients which is why hardly any award goes without some form of grumbling – remember the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016, the 2018 Ballon d'Or, Burna Boy Headies snub? Some are just louder than others. Secondly, anyone who denies that social media played a BIG role in the resurgence of Nigerian literature – particularly the versing genre, is only trying to deny the existence of air. A larger portion of our contemporaries was birthed as writers and weaned o