2017 Fiction, First Place
“Rainbow Nation” by Wajudah Muheeb
Olabisi Onabanjo University
Wajudah Muheeb is a 17 year old Law undergraduate at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. She found out about the Writing for Peace contest at a crucial point when her questions about peace didn’t seem to have any answer. The competition came as a platform to express herself on a thought provoking topic and through something she loved doing; writing. She entered last minute, due to being skeptical of her response to the theme. It is her first writing competition and she’s profoundly honored to emerge a winner.
Wajudah grew up listening to her mother tell stories about Jinns and fantastical worlds. Mesmerized by her mother’s tale spinning prowess, she decided a long time ago that she’d be a storyteller, too. But this time, with the written word. Wajudah is currently working on a novel and hopes to be a published author someday.
When not writing, Wajudah watches tons of sitcoms and loves staring at the stars. Winning the writing for peace contest has helped boost her confidence in her writing. She hopes other young writers like her will also take advantage of the opportunity Writing for Peace offers to express themselves and make their voices heard.
From 2017 Young Writers Contest Fiction Judge Nick Arvin:
In just a handful of pages, “Rainbow Nation” deftly captures not only the arc of its narrator’s internal discovery in an emotional moment, but it also sketches an entire nation’s cultural crisis. Beautifully told, with just the right details, this story shows us the differences and incomprehension that separate people, and the generosity of spirit that can save us all.
Wajudah’s winning story will be featured in our 2018 edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.
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