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Ikeogu Oke

9 Dec 2018
Ikeogu Oke, poet, literary troubadour and winner of the 2017 NLNG Literature Prize Prize (Poetry) was notably vibrant in life and vocation as a writer.
3 Dec 2018
I didn’t want to write this week. It wasn’t writer’s block or the occasional frustration from sounding like a broken record.
2 Dec 2018
Poet and public intellectual, Mr. Ikeogu Oke, joined his ancestors last week and threw the nation’s literary community into mourning. In this interview, which he granted The Guardian shortly after winning The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017 with The Heresiad, is a telling testimony about the commitment of the poet of heroic couplets to his…
27 Nov 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the passage of one of the country’s celebrated poets and winner of the 2017 NLNG-sponsored...
26 Nov 2018
Nigeria's literary community has been thrown into mourning following the death of one of its finest poets, Mr. Ikeogu Oke, who won The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017 with his epic poet, The Heresiad. Oke died at National Hospital, Abuja, after battling with liver cancer. He died at 51. Former president of Association of Nigerian…
11 Feb 2018
Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Limited, at a public presentation last week in Lagos, formally presented The Nigeria Prize for Literature and The Nigeria Prize for Science, which come with a cash prize of $100,000 each, to four winning entries that emerged from the 2017 cycle.
7 Feb 2018
Ikeogu Oke is not new to Nigeria’s literati. Africa’s foremost novelist, Chinua Achebe, whom he had a personal relationship with, once described him as “a very fine poet.” Farther afield, the Nobel laureate, Nadine Gordimer, wrote concerning him, “[There is] no end to the wide illumination in the protean gifts of this man.” At age…
7 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ikeogu Oke, for winning the 2017 Nigerian Prize for Literature. He gave the commendation yesterday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. Oke, a writer, poet and journalist, won the award with “The Heresiad,’’ after an intensive process of adjudication. Buhari specifically commended Oke’s…
3 Jan 2018
Many Nigerians have reacted with criticism or ridicule to the recent inclusion of the names of seven dead people out of 209 appointed into various boards by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
15 Oct 2017
Thank you. Not much has changed or is likely to change in the way I live – a simple life devoted to literary creativity. But that’s if it’s entirely in my powers to determine what happens in my life, which isn’t the case, as with everyone else.
10 Oct 2017
The board chairman, Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo, at a press conference in Lagos, said Oke’s collection of poems, The Heresiad, beat 183 others to the diadem.
10 Sep 2017
First, there is the challenge, actually a moral crisis, of many poets, especially the younger ones, who seem more interested in the fruits than the labour of poetry. And for them the fruits can only be one thing: literary prizes.

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