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Tọlá Okogwu longlisted for Jhalak Prize 2023

Tọlá Okogwu is among those longlisted for this year’s Jhalak Prize in the Children's & Young Adult fiction category. A debut children's novel packed full of memorable characters, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun (Simon & Schuster) is the effervescent story of a British-Nigerian girl who discovers her curls have psychokinetic abilities and the thrilling adventures she undertakes with her new-found superhero friends. 

The Jhalak Prize and Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize celebrate British or British-resident writers of colour, annually awarding £1,000 to each of the two winners, along with a unique work of art created by artists chosen for the annual Jhalak Art Residency. All shortlisted authors will also receive a one-year complimentary membership to the London Library, to which the winners receive a two-year membership.

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