The subject of critiquing has been neglected for a long time in the cultural economics in Africa. Whereas there is proven influence of published critical judgments on consumption levels, increase in cultural demand and a significant positive effect on revenues accrued in international scenes.
The maiden edition of The Critic Challenge 2017 is an annual call for critics that aims to bridge this divide and discover talented critical writers in order to set a standard for the cultural and creative industry in Africa.
CREETIQ is the foremost review aggregator of African films, music and literature. The Critic Challenge is organized by CREETIQ.
Please follow the instructions below to enter for The Critic Challenge 2017.
Please Note: Your Submission must be your own work, must not be copied, must not have been published before in any other publication (or on any website).
Omotunde, A young civil engineer married to Raymond an OAP (Online Radio Personality), has just given birth. Coloured by their different cultural backgrounds, their mothers-in-law forcefully move in with the couple to perform the Igbo child care rite called, Omugwo...
Ojukokoro (Greed) tells the story of what happens when a cash-strapped manager in a money laundering petrol station, decides to rob the petrol station that employs him but along this journey finds out that there are different kinds of criminals that are also interested...
Ese is a reclusive 8-year-old girl living in Bariga Sugar - a ghetto brothel in Bariga, Lagos. Her mother Tina, is one of Bariga Sugar's working women. 10 year old Jamil and his mother Hanatu move into the brothel Ese and Jamil begin an unlikely friendship. Bariga Sugar...
Lotanna is a story about a young man (Chris Okagbue), who discovers that he has to offset a huge debt owed by his father before his sudden death, to a fearful loan shark called Don Cleff. Aided by an unbreakable resolve to succeed, his friends and his musical talent...
Chuks (aka Terminator) is an ardent player with the ladies. He enjoys the attention of women, including girlfriends from the past. He believes that once a man has had a woman, he forever has access to her. When challenged by his friends to see if he can prove...
‘Signature EP’ is the 8-track E.P solely produced by Mavin in-house producers Don Jazzy, Baby Fresh and Altims. There’s only one feature, and that’s Mavin Records rapper, Poe. There’s only one feature, and that’s Mavin Records rapper, Poe There’s only one feature, and that’s Mavin Records
Tinny Entertainment releases the first project by it Nigerian hiphop artiste, Ycee. The 8-track mixtape, "The First Wave EP", has guest appearances on this project includes Falz, Maleek Berry, Seyi Shay and South Africa’s Kly with production credits by Maleek...
"For You" is the debut album of Nigerian producer, songwriter and musical artiste, Cobhams Asuquo. The producer has been instrumental in the production of critically acclaimed albums of artistes such as Bez and Asa. The album, For You, comprises of 14-tracks featuring...
Christian & Gospel
"The Last Time I Tried" is the debut album of Dove award winning producer and songwriter, Dáramólá. This album builds on his earlier mixtape project "Nothing Really Matters 1 of 2". The album is a 13-track album, in which Dáramólá channels his experiences...
"Life is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra to Lagos" is a mixtape project of Nigerian musician and songwriter, Mr. Eazi. "Accra to Lagos" surfaces the root sounds, dialects, energy and styles from the two metropolitan hub which largely influences the artiste's music...
An affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative Northern Nigeria. Brought together in unusual circumstances, Binta and Reza faced a need they could...
Ibrahim Adam Abubakar
Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, lives in hip San Francisco. On the cusp of seventy-five, she is in good health and makes the most of it, enjoying road trips in her vintage Porsche, ...
Sarah Ladipo Manyika
In the Niger Delta creeks Southern Nigeria, nine expatriates are being held hostage by militants fighting for control over the resources from their land. At the same time, a series of seemingly unconnected events rock the...
On the day Imani was supposed to get the crown jewel of her meteoric rise, she encountered a world she never imagined was there. With a plot ranging from the very beginning of creation, enter a world of angels, demons...
And After Many Days is a novel of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance of power and love between siblings; the unique ecosystem of a family. It is also a portrait of a society, as the old world gives way...
Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is a writer and critic. His writings on film, music and the literary scene have appeared in the Guardian UK, The Africa Report, Chimurenga and many other publications. He is Nollywood critic at This is Africa.
In 2015, he was invited to mentor 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 has a passion for tech and music - over the last 10 years, he has built a career in the two fields and is always on the lookout for where they intersect. 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 is a medic, reader, writer, film/music critic and occasional ruffler of feathers. He works in a health centre in Lagos but manages to find the time to pursue other interests.
His 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.
He was a participant at the debut in country Young Critics Programme organised by the International Association of Theatre Critics.
Isabella is a media entrepreneur and educationist. She studied Education with English and Drama at the University of Cambridge and 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 that airs on Africa Magic Family and Africa Magic World (both on DStv and GOtv).
Joey Akan is a poet, author, writer, broadcaster, 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.
Salamatu was the former Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors (2014-2016) and currently holds a Diplomatic Book Discourse with the German Embassy.
She currently works for the Art Heritage Ltd on Cultural festivals around Nigeria. Salamatu 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).
Submission of entries closed at 12 midnight (WAT) on May 15th 2017.
To be eligible to participate in The Critic Challenge 2017, you have to submit a critical review for 2 separate subjects from your preferred category (films, music or books). Please note that sending multiple entries in the same category will NOT increase your chances of winning The Critic Challenge. If at all, it increases the risk of your best entry being disregarded as only your first submission in a given category will be accepted. You can however decide to send entries of not more than 2 for different categories.
No, you can't. The top 10 reviews from each category would be published on the CREETIQ website and we quite rightly do not wish to publish a review that has already appeared elsewhere for this competition. We also wish to encourage originality of the entrants for the challenge.
You must submit a review no more than 850 words for each subject reviewed. We also give an allowance of no more than 50 words beyond this limit. Entries that exceed this limit would be disqualified.
We value criticism that is intellectually rigorous but also clear, concise and accessible. Writers are asked to focus on describing and analyzing their chosen subjects for critiquing and to avoid using jargon or arcane terminology.
Yes you do and you would be credited as the author where due. But by submitting your entry for this competition, you grant us permission to publish your entries on our website, CREETIQ.com, and on any social media account controlled by us. You also grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use and publish your Competition entry in electronic format and hard copy (including in our publications) for purposes connected with the Competition and otherwise, and to adapt the entry to enable such publication (including to crop or otherwise edit it for such purposes), and you hereby irrevocably waive, for our benefit, all moral rights in the entry to which you are entitled; and (b.) The right to use your name and country of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition.
Yes. Entries must be submitted in English.