The Advisory Boards for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, The Nigeria Prize for Science and The Literary Criticism Prize, sponsored by Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, have called for entries in the 2019 edition of the awards.
This is the 15th year the competition is holding and both the literature and science prizes will see winners go home with a cash prize of $100, 000 each while the literary criticism prize winner will go home with N1m.
This year the focus of the science prize, which recognises outstanding scientific achievements by Nigerians, will be on Climate Change: Erosion, Drought and Desertification.
The 2019 literature prize will focus on Children’s Literature. The prize, which honours the author of the best book by a Nigerian, rotates among four literary genres, namely Prose Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children’s Literature.
The literary criticism prize, which also aims at promoting Nigerian literature, will receive entries on works in criticism of works by Nigerian writers, especially critical essays on new writings in Nigerian literature.
The sponsors of the competitions, in a statement made available to Punch Newspaper correspondent, said that submission of entries in the literature prize and literary criticism prize officially opened on February 15, 2019 and will close on April 5, 2019, while entry in the science prize, which also opened on February 15, 2019, will close on May 3, 2019.
A professor of Creative Writing at the University of Ibadan, Obododinma Oha, will head the panel of judges for this year’s literature and the literary criticism competitions. Other members of the panel include Prof Asabe Usman Kabir and Dr. Patrick Okolo. Kabir teaches Oral and African Literature at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, while Dr. Oloko teaches African Postcolonial Literature at the University of Lagos.
In 2018, Soji Cole won the literature prize award with his play, Embers; Dr. Peter Ngene clinched the science prize for his work in Innovation in electric power and Prof Isidore Diala of the Imo State University, Owerri, took home the literary criticism prize.
The Nigeria Prize for Literature has rewarded eminent writers, such as the late IkeoguOke (2017, Poetry) with The Heresiad; Abubakar Ibrahim (2016, Prose) with Season of Crimson Blossoms; Sam Ukala (2014, Drama) with Iredi War; Tade Ipadeola (2013, Poetry) with his collection of poems, Sahara Testaments, Chika Unigwe (2012, prose), with her novel, On Black Sister’s Street; and Adeleke Adeyemi (2011, children’s literature) with his book, The Missing Clock, to mention only a few.
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