Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Hosting a Giveaway

Read her short story, “Olikoye,” and you might win.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is hosting her first giveaway, an effort to encourage reading among young Nigerians and “Nigerians young at heart.” She is offering N50,000 ($131) for the best response to a short story she will share on her Facebook page today, January 15. Participants are to read the story and send in their response on Instagram by 9 p.m. WAT on Sunday, January 17.

“I often hear from people who say that they no longer read and they would like to start reading again,” she said in an Instagram video. “I think the easiest way to start reading again is by reading. [It is] the entertainment form and the art form that gives us the most back.”

Here are the guidelines she provided:

Keep your response short. It should be a maximum of 100 words. It can be in any form and about anything in the story, it can be about what you liked, disliked, what moved you, what struck you, what you learned, what surprised you. It can be a clever riff or a grave précis. It can illuminate a character, untangle a plot point, or lay bare a hidden motive.

Hint: the clearer it is that you read the story carefully and clearly, the more likely you are to win.

The N50,000 prize will be paid by bank transfer, through a Nigerian bank.

Read “Olikoye” HERE.

Paula Willie-Okafor
Paula Willie-Okafor is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. She is a student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she is custodian of The Writers' Community (TWC). Her writing has appeared in Kissing Dynamite Magazine and Praxis Magazine.

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