NSPP 2017 Closes to Submissions, Reveals Judges

NSPP 2017 Closes to Submissions, Reveals Judges

NSPP 1Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has revealed members of the judging panel for the second edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize which closed to submissions on 15th April, 2017.

The 8-man judging panel chaired by Professor Akachi Ezeigbo includes award-winning writers, poets and critics such as Denja Abdullahi, Oladele Babajamu, Ismail Bala, Ceri Naz, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, Bassey Asuquo and Okeke Job Izuchukwu.

The announcement was made on Monday in Baytown Lounge, Gudu District, Abuja in a stakeholders’ meeting attended by President of PIN, Eriata Oribhabor; CEO of Baytown Lounge, Charles Chizor Onuba, Moderator of NSPP 2017, Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom and Kenneth Tyoakaa Azahan, a journalist.

Giving a statistical overview of submissions, Kolade stated that, a total of 725 Nigerian undergraduates from 102 tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad applied for the prize.

While reiterating the objectives of the prize, Eriata Oribhabor said that, “The prize would continually stimulate creativity among Nigerian undergraduates and create an esteemed platform for the appreciation of their poetic prowess.”

Poets in Nigeria had earlier intimated the public about securing the approval of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for the use of its Enugu Campus for an awards ceremony slated for 17thJune.

The maiden edition of the prize entertained 320 entries from 64 tertiary institutions with Noah Oladele (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Chinelo Nwangwu (University of Ibadan) and Chisom Okafor (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) declared 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners respectively.

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