The list was released following the approval by the advisory board for the Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited.
A statement issued by Kudo Eresia-Eke, General Manager, External Relations, for NLNG, said the announcement follows an initial shortlist of 11 which was released in August.
The three shortlisted writers are Tade Ipadeola (The Sahara Testaments), Amu Nnadi (Through the window of a sandcastle) and Promise Ogochukwu (Wild Letters).
According to the chairman of the Advisory Board, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, the eventual winner of the competition will be announced on October 9.
Poet and Lawyer, Ipadeola, lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, from where he writes and practices law. He has authored three volumes of poetry along with other published short stories and essays. He is the current President of PEN International, Nigeria Centre, an organisation which promotes literature and advocates freedom of expression.
Nnadi is the author of the Fire within and Pilgrim’s passage, two volumes of poetry well received in Nigeria. His debut volume of poetry, The fire within, won the maiden edition of ANA/NDDC Gabriel Okara Prize for Poetry.
Nnadi, who writes poetry without punctuation and capital letters and publishes without any personal data and name, lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and currently works at the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Armed with a PhD in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan, Ogochukwu has published several literary works including novels, children’s literature, short stories, drama, poetry and essays.
In 2005, Ogochukwu was on the shortlist of three for The Nigeria Prize for Literature with her volume of poetry, Naked Among These Hills.
Ogochukwu lives in Lagos, Nigeria, where she is actively involved in various charity programmes and activities.
– The Nation