Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Nigeria

Abubakar is a Nigerian writer and journalist. He is the author of the novel Season of Crimson Blossoms and the short story collection The Whispering Trees. As a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013), he is delighted to be part of the Macondo Literary Festival. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting awards, such as the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016. In 2014, he was listed as one of the 39 most promising writers under 40 from Africa, selected by the Hay Festival's Africa39 project. Today, he is the features editor for the Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja and is in the habit of keeping promises.
Photographic evidence proves Abubakar visited the Colombian city of Aracataca where, some say, the fictional Macondo was drawn from. Abubakar wore a slick black shirt for the occasion.
What you can't miss:

25-year-old street gang leader Hassan Reza and devout 55-year-old widow and grandmother Binta Zubairu fall in love. An illicit affair? The union challenges their conservative culture and values. Yet the novel is even more complex und multi-layered.

Season of Crimson Blossoms has so far been translated into French and Tamil and will be out in German in September 2019.

Review:

New York Journal of Books

The magical tales in these 12 short stories capture the essence of life, death
and coincidence in Northern Nigeria. Myth and reality intertwine in stories
featuring political agitators, newly-wedded widows, and a tormented whirlwind.

Review:

Sentinel Literary Quarterly

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