The Critic Challenge 2017 Set To Reward Mainstream Criticism in Nigeria

The Critics Challenge 2017 - Homeland Reviews

The annual Critic Challenge is a call for critics and critical writers in the culture scene in Africa. Organised for the first time by CREETIQ, the foremost aggregator of African films, music and literature. The focus for the maiden edition is on critical commentary on works of art in films, music and literature, produced or released between 2016 and 2017 that embodies this year’s theme “rewriting the African narrative”.

The Critic Challenge aims to encourage and reward talented critical writers to awaken a seeming latent and fast declining reviewing culture in the creative industry in Africa. Beyond the economics of art, this sets a standard for quality creative and cultural output that is recognised globally and helps consumers of art and other creative works make informed decisions.

The winning entries would be rewarded with monetary prizes up to N500.000.

How To Participate

To enter for The Critic Challenge 2017, participants are required to go to and submit a critique of 2 out of 5 subjects from the film, music or literature category of no more than 850 words.

The subjects for review in each group are listed below:


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Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clarity with regards to understanding the universe of the subjects.
  • Constructive criticism with regards to the social, political, cultural and economic discourse of the subjects.
  • Plagiarised entries will be disqualified.
  • The accuracy of language, historical references and facts.
  • Narrative flow.
  • The relevance of thematic expressions.

Submission of entries closes 12:00 AM on May 15th, 2017.


The top 3 entries will be rewarded with cash prizes up to N500,000.

  • Winner, N300,000
  • First runner-up, N150,000
  • Second runner-up, N50,000

Meet The Judges

Entries for The Critic Challenge 2017 will be assessed and appraised by 6 renowned critics and industry professionals.

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo - The Critic Challenge 2017
Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

Writer and critic, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo whose writings on film, music and the literary scene have appeared in the Guardian UK, The Africa Report, Chimurenga and many other publications.

In 2015, he mentored film critics at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa; he also attended the first pop culture festival in Berlin. In the same year his music writing won the Entertainment Journalist of the Year prize at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

Chiagoziem Onyekwena - The Critic Challenge 2017
Chiagoziem Onyekwena

Chiagoziem Onyekwena, has a passion for tech and music – over the last 10 years, he has built a career in the two fields. He is currently the Managing Editor of Filter Free, an online Nigerian music review site. He was the pioneering Online Editor of theNETng and a former Senior Writer at HipHopWorld Magazine.

Wilfred Okiche

Dr. Wilfred Okiche, is a medic, reader, writer, film/music critic whose writing has appeared on various print and online platforms nationwide. He has provided editorial assistance to the UK Guardian and appears on the culture television show, Africana Literati.

Salamatu Sule - The Critics Challenge 2017
Salamatu Sule

Salamatu Sule, currently works for the Art Heritage Ltd on Cultural festivals around Nigeria. She manages the Durbar site of the Nigerian Durbar through whose effort has led to the adoption of the Durbar festival as a UNESCO tourist destination. Sule is currently the Secretary, Board of Trustee, Orpheus Literary Foundation and the founder of Fahimta Literary Discourse (FLD).

Joey Akan - The Critics Challenge

Joey Akan, is a poet, author, Host, public relations consultant and commentator on current affairs, including music, pop culture, politics, sport, race, gender and sexuality. A multi-award winning writer and music journalist, he is currently the Music Editor of Pulse Nigeria.

Isabella Akinseye - The Critic Challenge 2017
Isabella Akinseye

Isabella Akinseye, is a media entrepreneur and educationist. She is the founder of Yellow Tamarind Productions, an African media company that creates, develops and monetises content for television, radio, online and print. Isabella is also the presenter and producer of Africana Literati, an art, book and culture TV show airing on Africa Magic Family.


Key Dates For The Critic Challenge 2017

  • Entry deadline: May 15, 2017
  • Evaluation by the judges: May 16 – May 30, 2017
  • Announcement of shortlisted entries: June 1, 2017
  • Evaluation and voting by users: June 1 – June 12, 2017
  • Announcement of Winners: June 15, 2017

For more information: The Critic Challenge 2017.

The Critic Challenge 2017 is proudly supported by Homeland Reviews, Roving Heights, Bagus Mutendi, Lunaris Reviews, True Nollywood Stories, Nollywood Reinvented, Tripican, Lola Ogunnupebi, Media Guide and Bookaholics BookClub.

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