The short story, “John 101, or The New Ridiculous Way to Commit Suicide and be Famous” written by Obinna Udenwe was featured in Prairie Schooner along other short stories edited by Kwame Dawes.
He tweeted on the 1st of march saying;
Good news, my short story “John 101, or The New Ridiculous Way to Commit Suicide and be Famous” has won the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Prize.
Thank you to @bravenewlady of @TheSchooner for publishing this story and editors who encouraged it @amarachimex @anwulipriscill
Obinna Udenwe is a Writer and Democracy Enthusiasts. Author of Colours of Hatred, Satan’s and Shaitans and Holy Sex.
He is a graduate of Civil Engineering and is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. His experience cuts across the areas of democracy, leadership, youth development, and peace education.
In 2007, he founded Ugreen Foundation where he trains young people on leadership, democracy, public speaking, and creativity, especially young people from rural parts of Ebonyi State. He currently volunteers for the Abakaliki office of the International Republican Institute, where he uses his experience and skill to help in youth involvement in politics. He received trainings from Youngstars Development Initiative & the U.S National Endowment for Democracy program, the Desplay Africa and was part of a Desplay Africa team which visited Cameroon in 2010 for a democracy research.
In 2011, he was the only Nigerian youth who attended the Young Global Leaders Forum of the Community of Democracies High Level Meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, where the YGLF interacted with world leaders including the then U.S Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton on young peoples’ involvement in promoting democracy and on the Arab Spring, and on his return organized series of leadership engagement workshops for young people. He participated in the U.S National Democratic Institute’s policy development programs on young people and elections in 2011 and 2014.
In 2018, he was trained in the International Republican Institute’s Young Political Party Leaders Academy for one year, before contesting for the Abakaliki South constituency of the Ebonyi State Assembly election, and is currently challenging the outcome of that election in the Election Petitions Tribunal.
In 2009, he received the National Top12 Award for his contributions to youth development and in 2012, the African International Achievers Award for his community engagement projects.