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Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by InyinyaAgbaOku(m): 9:33am On Oct 10, 2017
Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Prize for Literature
— 9th October 2017
By HENRY AKUBUIRO

Ikeogu Oke has been announced the winner of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature. The author of the poetry book, Heresiad, beat stiff competition from Prof Tanure Ojaide, the author of Songs of Myself: Quartet,and Ogaga Ifowodo, the author of A Good Mourning.

Announcing Oke the winner on Monday, October 9, in Lagos, Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo, Chairman of the Literature Prize Advisory Committee, said the competition was eventually narrowed down to Oke and Ojaide by the judges for their outstanding entries, but eventually settled for Ikeogu, who had a slight edge on account of his groundbreaking lyrical contents, among others.

Professor Ernest Emenyonu, Chairman of the Panel of Judges, declared, “Oke’s poetry collection reveals a conscious /deliberate manipulation of language and philosophy in the style that reminds us of the writings of great Greek writers of Homeric and Hellenistic periods.”
He added that the prestige associated with the prize saw the 184 entries of collections of poetry in various sizes and of diverse themes and set the stage for the stiff competition. “At the beginning, the initial weeding was carried out following one of the primary criteria; quality and validity of publication year,” he added.

Affirming the quality of entries received, Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo, said, “Poetry competition for the prize is always very fierce and very interesting. We couldn’t have been more reassured about the process because the panel of judges did a painstakingly thorough job in selecting the best from the final shortlist of three entries.”

Reacting to his victory, Oke, who said it took him 27 years to write the award-winning poetry book, told The Sun, “I have been entering for the competition before now. But, of course, if you do a thing over and over again, the natural thing is for you to be happy, and I am happy a dream I have nursed for so long has finally come to pass. I feel excited and humbled by the experience.”

Oke admitted he was not intimidated by the calibre of contenders on the shortlist, which included a renowned scholar-writer and another seasoned bard. “The calibre of the poet is immaterial in a contest. The works the poet have done over the years shouldn’t count, for what he is sendingis just an entry ofbook of poems, which will determine whether he wins or not,” he said.

In response to the verdict, the General Manager, External Relations at NLNG, Kudo Eresia-Eke, said, “We at NLNG are proud of this additional achievement. National and international interest in both the Prize and process are increasing and this is good for the prize and for Nigeria. We are pleased with the judges’ verdict and Mr Ikeogu Oke has demonstrated that he is a fine poet and Nigerians need to rally around and celebrate him.
“We must begin to build cultural icons, the likes of Professor Wole Soyinka and Professor Chinua Achebe, and this prize is the leading project doing this right now,” he said.

The winner will be presented with the $100,000 prize money at a forthcoming presentation event to be announced by the NLNG, sponsors of the Literature Prize. Next year’s competition is for drama.

http://sunnewsonline.com/ikeogu-wins-2017-nlng-prize-for-literature/

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Obi1kenobi(m): 12:25pm On Oct 10, 2017
The biggest literary prize in Nigeria was awarded and this hasn't made the front page?

cc: Divepen1, Obinnau, Mynd44, Lalasticlala etc.
Do your duty please.

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by ShitHead(m): 1:54pm On Oct 10, 2017
I'm next

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by johnnyholtby(m): 1:55pm On Oct 10, 2017
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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by BreezyCB(m): 1:55pm On Oct 10, 2017
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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by massinola(m): 1:55pm On Oct 10, 2017
Igbo kwenu. We always represent

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Nobody: 1:55pm On Oct 10, 2017
Congratulations
Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by free2ryhme: 1:56pm On Oct 10, 2017
Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by IgedeBushBoy(m): 1:56pm On Oct 10, 2017
Hahahahahahahahahahah. Watch as Biafrans will come here and start chest-beating on a Nigerian's achievement, grin grin grin
Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by IamProdigy: 1:57pm On Oct 10, 2017
Its just did @ the commenter above....

So calm down...because of ur Bp

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by frankzone: 1:59pm On Oct 10, 2017
Awesome
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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by KnowMore: 2:02pm On Oct 10, 2017
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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Cajal(m): 2:02pm On Oct 10, 2017
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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by dfrost: 2:02pm On Oct 10, 2017
Congratulations!!!
Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Raintaker(m): 2:07pm On Oct 10, 2017
Doesn't Oke mean rat in Igbo language? Well good for him.

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Spylord48: 2:08pm On Oct 10, 2017
congrats
Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by proudlyYoruba(m): 2:12pm On Oct 10, 2017
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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Nobody: 2:12pm On Oct 10, 2017
The Igbo hater LionDeLeo and his alter ego Omenka will not be happy about this. There soul will be pained seeing an Igbo man there.

Meanwhile, their Northern Zone is nothing but a hunger and disease ravaged region.

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by mcayomind: 2:12pm On Oct 10, 2017
congrat bro

Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by tishbite41(m): 2:16pm On Oct 10, 2017
Raintaker:
Doesn't Oke mean rat in Igbo language? Well good for him.
it means inheritance or share, thou Afonja

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by Unlimited22: 2:17pm On Oct 10, 2017
NCAN members won't see this one.
Please, let's shun tribalism. It leads nowhere.
Let age be respected and achievement revered irrespective of background.

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by tishbite41(m): 2:23pm On Oct 10, 2017
Raintaker:
Ode ni bobo yi sha. Amukumeko oshi
back to sender, son of perdition

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Re: Ikeogu Oke Wins 2017 Nlng Prize For Literature by ikp120(m): 2:27pm On Oct 10, 2017
Who is he? undecided

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