Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is an award-winning Nigerian writer and journalist. His debut novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, won the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature. The French translation of the novel (La Saison des fleurs de flamme) was nominated for the Prix Femina (2018) and the Prix du Roman FNAC 2018. Abubakar’s short story collection, The Whispering Trees (2012) was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature; its title story was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013), a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015) and a recipient of the Sylt Foundation/Goethe Institut African Writer’s Residency Award (2017). He has appeared at literary festivals including PEN World Voices, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Sharjah Book Fair, the Hay Festival and the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Abubakar’s reporting on the IDP camps in Northern Nigeria has appeared in Die Berliner Zeitung, Granta, and in the Daily Trust. His journalism has also appeared on the BBC, Aljazeera and other international media. Ibrahim was a fellow at the Journalist Forum for World Peace in South Korea (2016) and a 2018 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In May 2018 he was announced as the winner of the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, awarded by the International Center for Journalists in New York.
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