“Sunshower,” Kadiri Alex’s entry in the Quramo, QWP 2020 competition has won one million naira
The Prize was won Sunday, October 4 during the final of the competition at the Quramo Festival of Words, (QFest2020), after three day virtual and live literary and artistic excursion that ran from Friday October 2 – Sunday October 4, 2020. The competition featured master classes, book chats, panel discussions and exciting poetry performances.
The winner was picked by a panel of judges made up of A. Igoni Barrett and Molara Wood with Toni Kan as head judge.
The announcement of the winner was made after a citation of the Top three entries were after three day virtual and live literary and artistic excursion that ran from Friday October 2 – Sunday October 4, 2020.
The competition featured master classes, book chats, panel discussions and exciting poetry performances.
In their citation, the judges described Sunshower as “a young man’s coming-of-age story told in the shadow of his mother’s illness as well as his troubled relationship with his father.
“We consider this entry a beautifully wrought tale told by a gifted story teller with an uncanny facility for words. We believe that our winning entry is a very rewarding read, with a solid conclusion and as such a deserving first place winner.”
The 3rd place went to Adeniyi Timilehin for his entry, Unchained which was described by the judges as “a story that riffs on domestic violence as the big theme but there is of course the mental health component.”
The second place went to Aliyu Baba-Ari for his entry The Paths That Take Us which the judges noted is a “beautifully crafted, topical and bloody story. It is Nigeria’s contemporary story writ large and a well told story by a gifted and confident writer.”