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The 2021 Hamza El-Rufai Short Story and Professor Andrew Nok Poetry Prizes Longlist

The Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation is excited to announce the longlisted writers for the 2021 Hamza El-Rufai Short Story and Professor Andrew Nok Poetry Prizes.

The longlist for the Hamza El-Rufai Short Story Prize comprises ten short stories.

The longlist for the Professor Andrew Nok Poetry Prize comprises eleven poems.

The poems and short stories were selected by a team of four judges chaired by award-winning writer, critic and editor, Su’eddie Vershima Agema. The other judges are writer and journalist, Salim Yunusa, poet and columnist, Naseeba Babale and writer and essayist, Eze Peter Ifeanyichukwu.


  1. Alex the Wise Boy by Abdulkareem Anisah Aliyu                   (14 years)
  2. Danfo by Muhammad Al’ameen Yusha’u                                 (15 years)
  3. Faded by Ameh Uweja Kenechukwu                                        (16 years)
  4. Favourite Spell by Damien Joshua                                           (16 years)
  5. Her Last Breath by Khadijah Ishaq Ja’e                                   (13 years)
  6. Kidnapped in Niger by Juwairiyyah Nana Malami                   (15 years)
  7. Love and Age by Aisha Kabir Adam                                        (15 years
  8. My Last Visit to Kasuwan Bacci by Aisha Abdullahi Bardi     (14 years)
  9. Time Up by Chloe Olufunmilayo Ejisun                                    (17 years)
  10. Twist of Hate by Yusra Mohammed Yusuf                               (15 years)


  1. Affliction by Onyinyechi Glory Ndu                                        (14 years)
  2. Broken by Rabi Nuhu Abubakar
  3. Getting Lost in a Book by Oyindoubra Amaris Waboke           (15 years)
  4. Hope by Aisha Waziri Galadima                                              (14 years)
  5. Life Lessons by Zubaida A. Dewu                                            (15 years)
  6. Me and You by Umaru Aminu Mohammed Baiyee                   (17 years)
  7. Period Poverty by Zaynab Imran                                             (14 years)
  8. When I Die, I Want your Hands on My Eyes by Aisha Usman Illo (14 years)
  9. When Tragedy’s Truck Struck by Maryam Kaita                    (15 years)
  10. Why Do We Share? by Aisha Musa Dauda                              (11 years)
  11. Wives with Knives by Esther Adesoye                                     (14 years)

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