For Ikeogu, for poetry: Call for submission
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.
A letter to Ikeogu
I didn’t want to write this week. It wasn’t writer’s block or the occasional frustration from sounding like a broken record.
Ikeogu Oke: Poetry is not the art or calling for people in search of quick or easy material success
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…
FG mourns poet Oke
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the passage of one of the country’s celebrated poets and winner of the 2017 NLNG-sponsored...
Literary community mourns poet laureate, Ikeogu Oke
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…
NLNG presents $100,000 cash prizes to 2017 literature, science winners
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.
Laurels for a fine poet
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…
Buhari congratulates Oke for winning 2017 literary, science awards
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…
Oke: Poetry is not art for people in search of quick material success
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.
Ikeogu Oke wins NLNG’s $.1m literature prize
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.