Nigerian Prolific writer, poet and journalist, Ikeogu Oke have emerged the winner of the 2017 NLNG prize for Literature, worth $100,000 (N36million).
Oke, who emerged winner at the event which took place on Wednesday at Muson Centre, Lagos – was spotted dressed as a traditional Ohafia war dancer. The attire came with isi-agu cap, okparaja (machete) and the Oja.
The Prolific writer was awarded the prize for his book, “The Heresiad’’, after an intensive process of adjudication.
Sequel to his emergence as the winner of the prize, the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu has congratulated him for winning the prestigious NLNG prize.
Kalu said the prize is duly deserved “coming at a time when academic excellence are not usually properly rewarded.”
The former governor described Oke’s victory as a source of inspiration to young people to always aspire to excel academically.
In the same vein, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ikeogu Oke for the award.
Buhari said Oke’s passion and commitment to lifting the genre of poetry in the country; an art that many shy away from due to the required discipline and focus, reflective thinking and unique style of writing is something Nigerian writers should emulate.
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