Foremost review aggregator of African movies, music and literature, CREETIQ, has officially brought to a close its maiden edition of the annual Critic Challenge in Nigeria tagged “rewriting the African narrative”. The competition which was created to appreciate the invaluable contributions of critics to the development of African arts including films, music and books was birthed due to the neglect of critiquing in the cultural economics in Africa as well as the need to set a standard for creative works in Africa.

The Critic Challenge received over 200 entries and recorded over 5,000 user votes and social media interactionsduring the competition.

The judges –

  1. OrisAigbokhaevbolo (Editor, Music In Africa)
  2. ChiagoziemOnyekwena (Editor-in-chief,
  3. Isabella Akinseye (Producer, Africana Literati)
  4. Wilfred Okiche (Film Critic, Ynaija)
  5. Joey Akan (Music Editor,
  6. SalamatuSule (Founder, Fahimta Literary Discourse) – shortlisted 10 entries from the judging phase and 3 finalists emerged from the users’ assessment phase on the CREETIQ platform.

OlayinkaYomi-Joseph, an Engineering graduate of Covenant University, currently Music Content Editor of a start-up lifestyle magazine in Nigeria called Radronline, emerged the Winner of this year’s edition of The Critic Challenge with an average score of 5.5/10 based on 655 user votes.

IfeoluwaOlujuyigbe, a Chemical Engineering graduate who currently writes movie reviews for True Nollywood Stories (TNS) and edits for gemWoman Magazine, emerged the 1st runner-up with an average score of 5.2/10 based on 718 user votes;

while OluwadeaduramiladeTawak, a Psychologist undergraduate, whose works have been published in Brittle Paper and Arts & Africa finished 2nd runner-up with an average score of 5.0/10 based on 656 user votes.

The winner, 1st and 2nd runners-up would be rewarded with cash prizes of N300,000, N150,000 and N50,000 respectively.

The Critic Challenge 2017 was proudly supported by yours truly alongside Roving Heights, Lunaris Reviews, True Nollywood Stories, Nollywood REinvented, Africana Literati, Homeland Reviews, Lola Ogunnupebi, Wawa Book Reviews and Bookaholics Club.

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