CITATION OF JUDGES FOR THE PROFESSOR ANDREW NOK POETRY PRIZE AND HAMZA EL-RUFAI SHORT STORY PRIZE
Aisha Kabiru Mohammed
Aisha Kabiru Mohammed is a Law student, whose first love is poetry and literature. She occasionally dabbles into activism. Her works have been published in Agbowo, Syncityng, Kteative Diadem, The Voices of African Women Journal, Creative Writers Club Anthology and others. She is the 2019 winner of the Professor Andrew Nok Poetry prize.
Aisha is passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories that we are not used to hearing. She spends her free time taking tea, watering plants and reading books.
Najib Kazaure was born in Kaduna. He attended Essence International School and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
As Operations Engineer and Production supervisor, Najib has been an active participant in the manufacturing industry. His interest in creative writing tilted him towards freelance writing.
In 2018, he won the ‘Young Writer’s Meet Flash Fiction Contest’ held at Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation and his piece was published in ‘Arewa Lifestyle Magazine’. He is currently a research and development writer at ‘Ideosphere Nigeria’, where he has undertaken numerous projects in investment reportage, political advocacy, development plans and many more.
He is enthusiastic about knowledge acquisition with a special interest in socio-political events in Nigeria. His contributions to national discourse have been featured in ‘Daily Trust Newspaper’, ‘Gamji’, and ‘All Africa’.
Frances Ogamba is Igbo. Her non-fiction piece, ‘The Valley of Memories’, won the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-fiction. She also won a prize for the 2019 Syncity NG Anniversary Anthology. She was shortlisted for the 2019 Writivism Short Story Prize, the 2019 OWT Short Story Prize and the K&L Prize for African Literature.
Her stories have appeared in ‘Enkare Review’, ‘Munyori Literary Journal’, ‘Arts and Africa’, ‘Jalada Africa’, ‘2019 New Weather for Media Anthology’, and in the first issue of ‘Rewrite Reads’. Others are: ‘Afridiaspora’, the 2016 and 2018 ‘Writivism Prize Anthologies’, ‘Dwartonline’ and ‘Ynaija’.
Frances is a workshop alumna of Winter Tangerine (2016), YELF (2018), and the 2019 Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop curated by Chimamanda Adichie. She works as a content developer and resides in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Amrah Aliyu is passionate about advocating for children and women. Her commitment to these special groups reflects the deep-seated sense of humanity which has seen her devote many years in preparing them for future challenges.
Through her writings, advocacies, trainings, and economic empowerment; Amrah demonstrates the belief that women and children are the world’s greatest asset as far as peace, sustainability and security are concerned.
She is an all round and passionate volunteer, who currently serves as the founder of All Survivors Network; a platform where survivors of rape share their stories and access professional help. She is also the Coordinator of Women and Girls Rights Defenders, Abuja, headed by YouthhubAfrica.
In her capacity as a global goodwill Ambassador, she has organized and joined in community sensitisation and campaigns.
As an award-winning broadcaster, with adequate experience in the implementation of media advocacy on GBV, she has been involved in various advocacy programs as a trainer, trainee, interviewee and panelist.
She has a collection of poems titled ‘Shy Dimples’ coming out soon. Her poems, articles, and prose have appeared variously in print and online newspapers as well as magazines including: Ibedi Residency Review, ANA Review and Anthologies.
She has been featured in CPJ community for protecting journalists, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, Legit.ng, Neptune Prime Network, Daily Boom, Eyes of Afrika TV, DPH News, BBC Media Action, and other excellent platforms.