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…
In defence of the dead as government appointees
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.
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.
Oke: Poetry can be a force for positive transformation of society
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.
Ifowodo, Ojaide, Oke vie for N30.6m literary prize
A statement by the company’s General Manager, External Relations, Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke, said the lucky treble made the journey from a shortlist of 11 released in July by the Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo-led Advisory Board.
Peter Obi and the rest of us
Ikeogu Oke, an Abuja-based communication analyst, has just written a syndicated article entitled “Peter Obi and His One Wristwatch” which newspapers have been publishing.