I can't remember what spurred me to heed the call of the Association of Nigerian Authors to writers to submit their work for the annual literary contest. All I remember is the single thought "Well, why not?" and it then my work joined over 137 entries by writers home and abroad to compete in the various categories of the literary show down. So trying not to second guess my action and ignore the small, still and ruthlessly persistent voice that reminded me of my newbie status in the colourful world of Nigeria literature, I pushed the memory of what I had done from my head and went about making the most out of the year.
It would be almost eight months later before I would learn that my book had been nominated in two categories of the contest. My work competed in the ANA/NDDC Ken Saro Wiwa category with books like "The secret lives of Baba Segi's wives" by Lola Shoneyin and "Roses and Bullets" by Akachi Ezeigbo, as well as the ANA/NDDC Flora Nwapa category with "Heart trick" by Joan Oji and "Our wife forever" by Julie Okoh. Suffice to say, I was excited by this news and looked forward to learning the fate of my book during the convention slated for the early days of December.