Amara Okolo wins 2019-2020 emerging writer scholarship
- Amara Nicole Okolo has won the emerging writer scholarship for her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) pogramme in Vermont College
- The scholarship will give her free tuition and housing at the college for the winning duration
-Okolo is the author of Black Sparkle Romance and has written several essays in various online media
Another Nigerian has made the nation proud again through literature. Amara Nicole Okolo is the winner of emerging writer scholarship under the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA programme. The scholarship comes with free tuition and housing for the 2019-2020 duration, allowing her to fine-tune her arts and create more works.
She is the author of novel Black Sparkle Romance which was published by Ankara Press, an imprint of Cassava Republic.
It should be noted also that references to her work have appeared in reputable online media like The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Okay Africa, Reuters Africa (Africa), CNN, among others. Okolo was also a participant of the Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Creative Workshop in 2015 and the Invisible Borders TransAfrican Project in 2016. She has been in residencies like International Writing Programme at the University of Iwo in 2018. Her essay Swallowed Things got her nomination for the Pushcart Prize, which was later selected for the Caine Prize in 2019. Okolo is also a lawyer who lives in Abuja. She is currently working on her novels. Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that one of the world’s biggest literary prizes, the 2019 Book Prize, was announced on Wednesday, July 24, with three Nigerians making the longlist. The Nigerians on the list, among other 13 longlisted, are Oyinka Braithwaite, Bernardine Evaristo and Chigozie Obioma. Evaristo is a British-Nigerian novelist who has written eight books. Her eighth book Girl, Woman, Other was the piece that got her on the list. Obioma's second book after The Fishermen got him on the list. He was longlisted for the book, An Ochestra of Minorities, a book many readers have praised as a work of genius.
Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, a crime fiction, gave her a place on the list. It is a book that tells a complex story of multilayered relationships.