On Monday, October 2, 2017, A Graduate of Nnamdi Azikwe University, Samuel Monye and 13-year-old Arshiya emerged the winner of the maiden edition of Quramo Writers Prize award, with the award ceremony which took place at the Eko Hotel and suites.
Quaramo Publishing Limited had earlier rolled out a call for submissions in a bid ti give new and emerging writers in Nigeria the priviledge to tell their stories and gain recognition in the publishing space.
The winner of the Quramo Writers Prize, Samuel Monye is a Spoken word poet, novelist and his award-winning story, Give us this day Our Daily Bread which was themed around the famous Lord’s prayer and tells the story of a young boy whose uncle smuggled him across the Sahara desert on an illegal adventure.
In an interview with hi, Monye said he has been writing for as long as he can remember but properly delved into writing stories and novels in 2012.
Monye who presently is serving the nation as a Corp member in Oyo state is presently a million naira richer and proud to have been handed also a publishing deal.
On the other hand, Ashriya the winner in the junior category is a young Indian girl who has lived in Nigeria for two years. The teenager’s award-winning story is titled, The Forgotten.
The event which was attended by writers, socialites and the first lady of Lagos state, Mrs Abimbola Ambode also featured the attendance of former first lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola and the first lady of Kaduna, Mr El Rufai among other dignitaries present.