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Poets in Nigeria (PIN), which runs the Nigerian Students’ Poetry Prize (NSPP), will be holding its 2018 Awards Ceremony at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, on 24 May 2018. The university is the sponsor of the 2018 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize.

In an email to Brittle Paper, PIN president Eriata Oribhabor explained that the 2018 Nigerian Students’ Poetry Prize (NSPP), which has a cash prize of N100,000 for Nigerian undergraduates, opened for submissions on 15th January, 2018. After a review of the entries, 464 submissions were deemed eligible to vie for the prize. A 5-member judging panel was then announced: Soji Cole, Hulya N. Hilmaz, Saka Aliyu, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, and Ismail Bala, who is the chair. In February, as part of the buildup to the NSPP ceremony, Poets in Nigeria (PIN) announced the top 100 poems.

Here is part of the press release from Poets in Nigeria (PIN)

The 2018 edition of Nigerian Students Poetry Prize awards, sponsored by Godfrey Okoye University (GO UNI), Enugu comes up on 24th May, 2018. This year’s event promises to be a huge improvement on the previous editions. In cognisance of ongoing plans, a one day Summit of Board members, Connect Centre Reps and Co-reps would hold on 23rd May, 2018 at Enugu. All things being equal, we might have a special Open Mic of Poetry Performance same day.

PIN Centre Representative Amaka Chime, a poet and lecturer at Godfrey Okoye University, stated that, in addition to the awarding of the main prize, PIN will organize a poetry prize for secondary school students, in addition to a special session during which personalities who have contributed to shaping poetry in Nigeria would be recognized.

Importantly, there will be a workshop geared towards encouraging more students to take interest in poetry.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “EVENT | Poets In Nigeria 2018 NSPP Awards Ceremony at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu” Subscribe

  1. Simeon Mpamugoh 2018/05/17 at 09:52 #

    Great improvement on PIN

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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