All of us at Punocracy are excited to announce the following as the shortlisted entries for this year’s edition of the prize for satire competition. In no particular order:

1. Adeyomola Kazeem’s How to replace doctors on strike: A fool, proof guide

2. Anuoluwa Olusegun Soneye’s National Centre for Defalcation Control (NCDC)

3. Blessing Adediwura’s Not this world – A dead man’s tale

4. Damilola Ayomide’s Beer parlour talk

5. Elejaitan Bernard Atilade’s Political party preparatory election memos in Nigeria

6. Favour Olajide’s The Next Nigerian Leader: A reality TV show

7. Gabriel Ikisang’s On mourning a son

8. Halimah Adisa’s The police force: One hassle, different officers

9. Joy Abraham’s The economic importance of buttocks

10. Melody Ikoabasi’s Danfo: What it is

11. Muhammed Bello’s Touch not my anointed 

12. Ola W. Halim’s He’s a stray dog if he rapes you, but —

13. Olamide Francis’ Becoming a Nigerian parent

14. Olawunmi Olaniyi’s We are eloquent speakers

15. Olugbuyiro Success’ A Psalm of Covid

16. Oluwatimilehin Odueso’s How to raise a true believer

17. Solomon Nzere’s The Gospelpreneur — Letter to David

18. Theophilus Femi Alawonde’s You have political ambition? What’s next

19. Uzoechina Chisom Chigozie’s Mr Martin and his son

20. Zenas Ubere’s How to gain the ‘yahoo boy’ tag


HONORABLE MENTIONS

While there are no outright winners in the visual category this time around because of the size of submissions, we have selected two of the entrants for the 2020 honorable mentions. This comes with a cash prize of N10,000 each as well as suitable certificates of recognition.

Illustration by Fatima Otukoya

Fatimah Otukoya is a 17-year-old girl and first-year student of medicine and surgery at Lagos State University, Ojo. She is a lover of the arts; literature, film, theatre, photography e.t.c. She writes short stories and makes word art in her spare time for her Instagram page. She hopes to grow up to be a world renowned neuroscientist.

Illustration by Mujeeb Jummah

Mujeeb Jummah is a self-taught cartoonist. He gained his cartooning skills from active participation in campus journalism at the University of Ibadan. He is the founder of The Artivists NG, a digital comic start-up dedicated to telling African stories with visuals.


Winners of the prizes in the literature category will be announced roughly a week from now and will be awarded, alongside the honorably mentioned contestants, at the World Satire Day event scheduled to take place in November.

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