Toni Kan has won the NDDC Ken Saro-Wiwa prize for his collection Nights of the Creaking Bed. The prize was awarded at the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) awards gala night on Saturday 31st October. The book was published in 2008 by Cassava Republic Press.
Monday, November 02, 2009
On winning the award, Toni had this to say, "The ANA awards is the most credible and widely respected literary awards in Nigeria today. I am happy to have received this honour which is, above all else, a recognition of my work and the resurgence of a publishing industry with companies like Cassava Republic at the forefront."
'My mother said there was something they drank that made their voices sour, something that made their voices hoarse and hollow like a ghost's spectral cough.'
These first words of a story about a bus conductor – initially light hearted but quickly turning dark – demonstrate Toni Kan's unique way with words.