A manuscript written almost ten years ago has been selected as the winner of the Dusty Manuscript Contest; a Prize organized for budding Nigerian writers. Written by KukoghoIruesiri Samson, the winning manuscript, titled Devil’s Pawn clinches the top prize ahead ofThe Orchid Protocol by Onoche Emeka Onyekwena and The Other Side of Truth by Nneoma Anieto, which came first and second runner-up respectively. Organized in partnership with Kachifo Ltd. and Okadabooks, the Dusty Manuscript Contestis the latest in a long line of GTBank’s You READ initiatives aimed at fostering the culture of reading and creating a platform for the appreciation of Africa’s literary excellence. As part of the contest, Nigerians were invited to submit their unpublished stories and stand a chance to get publishing deals for their works.
The contest received over 1,000 entries and had apanel of four judges made up of authors Eghosa Imasuen, Yejide Kilanko and Toni Kan andAssistant Professor of English, Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines. As part of the prizes in the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the authors of the top 3 manuscriptsreceived 1,000,000, N500,000 and N250,000 respectively, as well as publishing contractswith Kachifo Ltd. The authors of the 10 manuscripts also received e-publishing contractswith OkadaBooks, while the authors of the top 20 manuscripts were hosted to a two-dayintensive writers boot-camp to sharpen their literary and business skills. Speaking about the winning entry, the lead judge, Dr Ainehi Edoro, said; “Devil’s Pawn wasa unanimous choice.
Told in a fast paced narrative style that keeps you glued to the pages,the story is a gift that keeps giving’’. “The Orchid Protocol is an intriguing detective story,call it CSI Lagos and you won’t be too far off the mark,” said Eghosa Imasuen, one of thejudges. “The Other Side of Truth presents a woman’s life, without judgement.
In makingthe case for the novel a single word comes to me: Empathy,” added another judge, ToniKan. Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director ofGuaranty Trust Bank plc, said;
“At GTBank we see Art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty ManuscriptContest we are helping budding writers share their stories with the world whilst providingthem with a platform to build successful writing careers.”GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutionsacross its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial serviceindustry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent servicequality and innovation.
The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.