Adeola wins British Book Award Illustrator of the Year

An Award-winning British-Nigerian children’s book illustrator, author and visual development artist, Dapo Adeola has been declared the winner of the British Book Awards 2022 Children’s Book of the Year category.

Dapo, who collected The Nibbies for ‘Hey You’ expressed his gratitude to all readers: “A whole me and my unconnected facial hair won Illustrator of the Year, you know. Thanks to my agent and to the writers, editors, designers and publicists I’ve worked with so far. To all readers and all of you who support my efforts. I am good, grateful,” he said.

The winners of the 2022 British Book Awards, also known as The Nibbies, were announced at a ceremony held in London but broadcast live.

The British Book Awards or Nibbies were founded by Fred Newman, the founder, editor and publisher of Publishing News who ran them from 1990 to 2009. They were later acquired by Agile Marketing who renamed it National Book Awards. In 2017 the award was acquired by The Bookseller who replaced it with the British Book Awards or The Nibbies. In 2020, Bernardine Evaristo, Candice Carty-Williams and Oyinkan Braithwaite were among the winners while David Olusoga was the sole winner in 2021.

As in previous years, the awards for 2022 were in the categories Fiction, Fiction Debut, Nonfiction Lifestyle, Nonfiction Narrative, Children’s Fiction, Children’s Nonfiction, Children’s Illustrated, Discovery, Crime & Thriller, Page -turner, audiobook: fiction and audiobook: non-fiction. The shortlists were announced on March 25 before the winner was revealed at the ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.

The winners of the evening are writers of African descent: Fiction Debut: Caleb Azumah Nelson, “Open Water” (Penguin General, Viking); Children’s Non-Fiction: Marcus Rashford with Carl Anka, “You’re a Champion” (Macmillan Children’s Books); and Discover: Jade LB, Keisha ‘the Sket’ (#MerkyBooks).

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