YELF LITERARY EVENING. JANUARY EDITION’S SPECIAL GUEST
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was born in Jos, North-Central Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. He is the Features Editor at Daily Trust Newspaper.
He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013), a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015) and a 2018 Art OMI Fellow. Ibrahim is a recipient of the 2016 Goethe-Institute & Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award. In May 2018 he was announced the winner of the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, awarded by the International Center for Journalists.
His debut short-story collection “The Whispering Trees” was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. In 2014, he was selected for the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potentials to define future trends in African literature and was included in the anthology – Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (ed. Ellah Allfrey). He was a mentor on the 2013 Writivism programme and also served as a Judge in the Writivism Short Story Prize, 2014. He was the Chairman of Judges at the 2016 Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize.
His first novel, “Season of Crimson Blossoms” was published in 2015 by Parrésia Publishers in Nigeria and by Cassava Republic Press in the UK (2016). The novel was shortlisted in September 2016 for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s largest literary prize.
His third book, Dreams and Assorted Nightmares was published by Masobe Books in 2020.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim lives in Abuja with his family.