As promised from the start, a shortlist for the prize will be announced in September. But there’s a little modification, this list shall now contain 20 entries.

Also, in the meantime, we shall be making public a longlist of 38 entries. And we will publish all 38 in piecemeal, after which the shortlisted entrants will be declared.

During the preliminary assessment, we had six judges evaluate all the applications. We divided the submissions into three sets and two judges assessed each set.

The shortlist contains the five best entries in each of the sets, based on the average score, as well as the next five best using overall grades (to allow for variations in the judges’ discretion in awarding scores). And it is the entries in this list that qualify for the second level of assessment, handled by James Yékú, a PhD in English and Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA; and Oladeinde Olawoyin, an award-winning investigative journalist at Premium Times newspaper and author of the weekly column, Saturday Satire.

Like you, we can’t wait to find out who the top three writers are. Meanwhile, in no particular order, here are the applicants who made it to the 24 percentile:

1. 5 Rounds for 5 Marks by Ayobami Kayode Tijani Ahmad.

2. A Few Notes on Governance in Nigeria by Modupeoluwa Abidakun.

3. A Non-Negligible Guide to Becoming a Nigerian Pastor by Raphael Francis.

4. A Proposal for an Instructional Manual on Practising Religion in Nigeria by Moyosore Sheriff Quadri.

5. A Day in the Life of a Kafayan Legislator by Obi Joy Ogechi.*

6. Allegory of a Dying Nation by Marvellous Kolade Abe.

7. Marital Rapists are Like Bras; Here’s Why You Should Love Them by Ayodimeji Ameenat.*

8. Because You are Alive by Funmilayo Obasa.*

9. Becoming a Privileged Nigerian by Mazpa Ekejiuba Ejikem.

10. Dear Baba by Raheem Hammed Gbolahan.*

11. For the South East Western Poles by Frances Ogamba.*

12. A Certain Nigerian Highway {improvised title} by Moghalu Jennifer Chinwendu.*

13. How to be a Nigerian Gay Man by Obinna Tony-Francis Ochem.*

14. How to be American in a Nigerian Skin by Ufuoma Bakporhe.

15. How to Become a Millionaire in Nigeria by Omoya Simult.

16. Let the Good Works Continue by Winlade Isreal.

17. Our Lord’s Prayer by Ololade Akinlabi Ige.

18. Meet my Country by Okebunmi Titoluwa Favour.*

19. Members of ASUU on Strike over Concern for Students by Hamzat Mariam.*

20. Menascum: The Definitive Female Guide to Dealing with Mr No-Goods by Anifowoshe Ibrahim.

21. Nigerian Creation Story by Aliogo Chika Eunice.*

22. Pray for Our Yahoo Brothers by Joseph Olamide Babalola.

23. Open Letter to Mr President: Let’s Talk About the Muhammadu Buhari University by Abdurrahman Bello Onifade.

24. Letter to my Next Abuser by Oguntunji Abidemi Emman.

25. Holy Man’s Hypnotic Show by Ogedengbe Tolulope Impact.*

26. Surviving Nigerian Universities: A Soft Manual by Salaudeen, Hawau Oluwakemi.*

27. Brain Mind by Ajayi Blessing Paul.*

28. Satire 101: Introduction to Wife Battery and Assault by Timothy Edaki.

29. Solution Centre by Abah, Abah Oyagaba.*

30. The Lord’s Prayer by Abraham Isaac Oluwatimilehin.

31. The Nigerian Hierarchy of Misfortune by Eboseremen Bartholomew.*

32. The Nigerian Intellectual Guide: 5 Random Principles by Favour Olajide.*

33. This is Diejiria by Justin Clement.

34. Ticket by Ukange Doose Diana.*

35. To my Friend Coming from Abroad by Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi.

36. When You Speak of Africa by Jesuferanmi Igbinigie.

37. Where Justice Thrives by Halima Abishola Abdullahi.*

38. Macpherson Farm by Tekena Charles Banigo IV.*

We congratulate everyone who made the list! For those whose names we have asterisked, it’s because we do not yet have your fine photographs. We’ll appreciate if you send them to us via WhatsApp as soon as you read this release.

Cheers to victories—big and little.