We are excited to finally identify the longlisted entrants for the third edition of the Prize for Satire competition.
Even though we received a total of 145 entries, this year’s list will be the shortest as we have decided to only include the best of the best. If you will recall, in 2019, we had 38 names on the list. In 2020, there were 50 names. This time around, however, we only have 22 people on the longlist.
And the articles are:
A Believer’s Appeal to Unnecessarily Over-enthusiastic Believers by Kayode-Dada Ifeoluwa Lois
A Housewife’s Manifesto in Fifteen Paragraphs by Chibuzo Ike
Children of Reason and Righteousness by Akunna James-Ibe
Dear Elewaeji, or a Masculinist Manifesto on How to Raise a Beast by Joseph Peter Akpan
Dear Wazobia by Chukwuma Chisom
Different Shades of Hope by ‘Kunmi Olamiju
Hard Facts by Waliyullah Tunde Abimbola
How to be a Slay Queen by Emmanuel Faith
How to Love a Nigerian Man as a Nigerian Woman by Obinna Tony-Francis Ochem
Japa: How to Migrate Away from Nigeria by Caleb Nnamani
Leaders of Tomorrow by Toheeb Aremu Jamiu
Lip Service by Emmanuel Isidore Udoma
LMAO by Funminiyi Akinrinade
Roadmap to Being a Firebrand Believer on Nigerian University Campuses by Okafor John Oluwadamilare
Song of the One in Mesìọ̀gọ̀ and Commentary by Olúwábùkúnmi Abraham Awóṣùsì
The Advanced English Dictionary of Nigeria by Som Adedayor
They’ve Come Again by Kayode Ayobami
Vacancy! Vacancy! Vacancy! by Akuboh Benjamin Mopa
Why Blame the Man by Rukayat Ogunlana
Why Everyone Should Study in Nigeria by Aaliyah Rahman
Wifely Advice: How to be a Good Wife by Oluwaseun Ojo
Writing a Proper Nollywood Epic Romance: A Guide by Raphael Francis
The entries cover a broad range of topics including religion, politics, scholarship, romance, lifestyle, entertainment, feminism, etc.
The evaluation of the articles was based primarily on the quality of writing, humour, socio-political relevance, and creativity.
We are proud to mention that we recorded more balanced participation from both genders this year, with 41.4 per cent of the entrants being female while the rest identified as male. This is opposed to 25.7 per cent and 33.6 per cent female participation in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Importantly, we wish to appreciate our volunteer jurors who devoted time out of their tight schedules to assess the entries:
1. Muhammed Akinyemi
When nights are cold and days are like winterfell, Muhammed Akinyemi writes satires to create enough fire to keep minds and bodies warm. On good days, he works as an editor and creative writer. But winter is coming…
2. Godswill Gwanzwang Elisha
GODSWILL GWANZWANG ELISHA is a litigation lawyer, based in Jalingo. The satire (sub)genre is one of his academic interests and views it as a veritable tool for socio-political change. He writes occasionally for Punocracy.
3. ‘Kúnlé Adébàjò
‘Kúnlé Adébàjò is a writer and humour enthusiast. He earns a living from journalism and spends his free time as any reasonable person would — scouring the Internet for the latest memes. He was editor of non-fiction and cultural criticism at Agbowó and is Investigations Editor at HumAngle. He also happens to be the Editor-in-chief of Punocracy.
4. Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez
Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez is a journalist and creative storyteller. He views the world as a conglomerate of crumbling realities and is enamoured in how satires embodies hope of our collective humanity. He currently serves as the Associate Editor of Punocracy.
We say hearty congratulations to everyone on this list. All 22 articles will be published by Punocracy in the coming days as we count down to the announcement of the top three entrants on Monday, November 14, 2022.