KWASU’s Ojaide among finalists for 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature

Professor Tanure Ojaide, Head of Department of Mass Communication, Kwara (KWASU), Malete, has emerged one of three finalists for 2017 edition of The Nigeria Prize for Literature.

Ojaide’s entry, Songs of myself: Quartet, was shortlisted for Nigeria LNG-sponsored $100,000 Literature Prize, alongside A Mourning written by Ogaga Ifowodo, and Heresiad by Ikeogu Oke.

followed an initial shortlist of eleven released in July by the Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo-led Advisory Board.

A statement by the General Manager, External , Nigeria LNG Limited, stated Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.

The 2017 Prize is for poetry and comes with a cash prize of $100,000, the statement added.

revealed that a total of 184 entries for the prize were received year, while next year’s prize will be for drama.

The statement quoted Professor Emeritus Banjo to have declared eventual winner of the competition would be announced at a World Press Conference in October, 2017.

Ojaide’s Songs of myself: Quartet, published by Kraft Books Ltd, explores paradoxes in contemporary times presented in discursive lyricism. reflects the journey to the deepest vicissitudes of the adventurer himself.

Ojaide, who was awarded by the President of Nigeria, the 2016 Nigerian National Order of Merit in Humanities, is a Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa. He has won several awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Region, the All- Okigbo Prize for Poetry, the BBC Arts and Poetry Award and the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Award.

In a congratulatory message, the Vice-Chancellor, Kwara , Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, said KWASU is greatly honoured by Ojaide’s excellent feat.


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