The LUNARIS team is glad to officially announce the inaugural Toyin Fálọlá Prize (TFP) created in honor of the Distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Professor Toyin Fálọlá, whose contributions to the field of African history and culture have continued to place Africa on the map and accord it its deserved recognition. The prize is meant to honor his endeavors and contribute to the advancement of the richness of African culture, people, myth, and history.
Toyin Fálọlá has spent a greater part of his career advancing the African (hi)story the African way. We're set on the same path, but this time we seek to reclaim the African story by blurring the boundaries between History and Literature to reveal what Maya Angelou refers to as not the glamorous facts but historical truths about Africa. For this reason, the Toyin Falola Prize is LUNARIS' way of staking a claim that the proper African (hi)story indeed can be made, especially under self-selected circumstances. Writing, after all, is impossibility turned on its head.
On this premise, we invite young African writers to reach to the core of Africa to make, remake, affirm, and re-affirm the African (hi)story creatively. Presently, the prize is worth 700 dollars for a single winner from any country in Africa, which makes it one of the largest literary prizes in the continent. The inaugural edition of the prize would be judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Adunni Abimbola Adelakun.
Further information about the prize can be found at https://tfp.lunaris.com.ng/
Oke, Tolulope A.
Publisher, Lunaris Review