Obinna Udenwe, writer and native of Ebonyi State, won the inaugural edition of Professor Chinua Achebe’s Literature Prize from the Nigerian Authors’ Association, with its title: “The Colors of Hate”.
Udenwe was announced the winner on Saturday at the ANA convention held at Mamman Vatsa Writers’ Village, Abuja.
Renowned writers from Nigeria and abroad participated.
In an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abakaliki, the laureate expressed his gratitude to God, saying it would push him to greater heights.
Also author of “Satan and Shaitan” and other books, Udenwe urged young people to develop their literary skills and to avoid anti-social behavior and other negative acts that could jeopardize their future.
He said: “I am delighted and deeply grateful to God to have become the winner of the inaugural edition of this award; this award will undoubtedly inspire me to achieve greater feats.
“I also thank ANA, the organizers of the award, for proposing this initiative.
“The idea will undoubtedly encourage more writers to invest their time and energy in literary creativity.”
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature, instituted to honor the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe, honors any prose fiction book for its excellence and social, cultural and political relevance.
Udenwe, who was recently shortlisted for the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Prize for Literature, won the award ahead of other writers from Nigeria and the Diaspora to become the first recipient of the award.
The Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature, NAN learned, is worth 1 million naira.