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The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards recognizes extraordinary artistic talents across 100 emerging market nations in three categories – fiction literature, filmmaking and art. The awards are aimed at rewarding those whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers understanding of their region.

At the maiden edition of the awards, Chigozie Obioma emerged the winner in the fiction category, while Cristina Planas won for art, and Yuhang Ho for film.

The second edition scheduled to take place at the New York Public Library on September 26 opened for submission on February 1 and closes May 3. The long list will be announced June 6 and finalists will be flown to attend the gala awards ceremony.

A winner in each category will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will be featured in a post-event magazine and videos profiled on ft.com. Shortlisted runners-up will also receive $5,000.

Artists from Africa and the Middle East, filmmakers from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as publishers and authors from the Asia-Pacific region are all invited to submit their entries here: http://bit.ly/1PIDQvI.


'Fisayomi Adesina graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with an LL.B in Law and a diploma in Criminology. A member of the Nigerian Bar Association, she has keen interest in intellectual property. She is currently the assistant to the Chief Executive of Revilo, an art publishing company and the Editor-in- Chief of Omenka magazine.

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