Romeo Oriogun won this year’s Nigerian Literary Prize for his collection “Nomad”, which was selected from among 287 submissions.
Professor Akachi Adimora Ezeibo, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Awards, announced the winners at the 2022 Nigerian Science Prize and Nigerian Literature Prize ceremony held at the Eco Hotel in Lagos.
Oriogun defeated two other top contenders, Saddiq Dzukogi (Your Crib, My Qibla) and Su’eddie Vershima Agema (Memory and the Call of Water), to win the Nigerian LNG Limited worth $100,000.
Nomad It travels through the hearts and minds of all displaced Nigerians as it deals with themes of migration and displacement in fresh language.
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But Agema’s Memory and the Call of Water Zukogi consistently develops a memory that reflects life and the call through the metaphor of water. Your crib, my Qibla Go through heartbreak with the effortless imagery and anguish of lyrical poetry.
In 2017 Oriogun won the Brunel University African Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literature Prize for Gay Poetry and the Future Award for African Literature. He is a graduate of his Ebedi International Writers Residency and his poetry has been published in numerous publications.
Other judges include Professor Emmanuel Egyasule, Professor of African Literature and Cultural Studies at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Rapay, Niger, who chaired the panel. Toyin Adwale Gabriel and Dyke Chukwumerie. Adewale-Gabriel is a poet and fiction his writer, and Dike Chukwumerije is a spoken word his artist, an award-winning author and an outstanding performance poet.
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Ugandan poet and literary professor Susan Nalugwa Kiguli is an international consultant to this year’s award advisory board. She is an Associate Professor of Literature at Makerere University. Kigli was a juror of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (African Region, 1999) and served on the Advisory Board of the African Writers Trust.
The Nigerian Literature Awards alternate each year in four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature.
The Nigerian Literary, Scientific and Literary Criticism Awards, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited, are annual awards established to recognize and reward outstanding works in literature and science.
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