In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, July, 2020

Nigerian Author Turns into The First Black Particular person To Win ‘Creator Of The Yr’ British Award

Nigerian Writer Becomes The First Black Person To Win 'Author Of The Year' British Award

Bernadine Evaristo

Bernadine Evaristo

Bernadine Evaristo, a Nigerian-British author, has been named the creator of the yr on the British E-book awards, the primary black author to ever win the class.

The British E-book awards, also called the Nibbies, are produced by the UK’s e-book commerce journal, the Bookseller.

Ms Evaristo, who was the joint winner of final yr’s Booker prize for her polyphonic novel, ‘Woman, Lady, Different’, additionally received the fiction class, snagging the prize forward of her fellow Booker winner Margaret Atwood, famend Canadian creator of “The Testaments.”

Final month, the Nigerian novelist grew to become the primary black lady to high the fiction paperback charts within the UK, a growth she described as surreal.

This was after a widespread criticism of UK publishing trade of getting biases in opposition to black and Asian writers in opposition to the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter motion.


“I’ve been writing for a really very long time, and it’s extremely gratifying to know that my work is lastly reaching a wider readership. It’s additionally implausible to see so many different books by writers of color storming the charts.

“I’m fairly certain that is unprecedented. In fact, this has been triggered by the tragedy of George Floyd’s dying and we must always all the time keep in mind that,” the novelist mentioned in a report by the Guardian UK.

Ms Evaristo is a signatory to an open letter from a newly fashioned Black Writers’ Guild which is looking for sweeping change within the British publishing trade. Publishers are “undoubtedly listening to us at the moment.” she qas quoted as saying.

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In the meantime, one other Nigeria author, Oyinkan Braithwaite, received crime and thriller e-book of the yr for her thriller novel, “My Sister, the Serial Killer” which has acquired many nominations and received the Anthony award for Greatest First Novel.

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