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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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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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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