– A young Nigerian man, Othuke Umokoro, has made his country as he emerged the winner of 2021 African Poetry Prize
– The 31-year-old poet was praised as having the required word use to pass across his themes with his poems
– With his win, Othuke would be joining two the league of two other Nigerians who in 2016 and 2017 clinched the same prize
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A Nigerian writer, Othuke Umokoro, who is based in Port Harcourt, has been declared the 2021 African Poetry Prize winner for a wonderful entry that speaks about family and hope among other things.
With the winning, Othuke will be bagging whopping prize money of £3,000 (N1,607,617.11). The 31-year-old poet said he is very excited about the news, Ripples Nigeria reports.
He said that he hopes his success will bringing attention on other African poets who are also worth their salts.
Karen McCarthy Woolf, the chairman of the prize for this year described the Nigerian winner as a person with skill that befitting the issues he took on.
On the Nigerian’s diction and narrative style, Karen added:
“The language is lush, mesmeric and deftly handles the balance between lyric and narrative. These are unafraid, thoughtful pieces – playful, yet serious, making us look at love, life, mortality afresh.”
It, should, however, be noted that the eight edition of the prize got more than 1,000 entries from around the African continent.
According to the Brunel’s website, two Nigerians, Gbenga Adesina and Romeo Oriogun had won the prize in the past in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
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Meanwhile, . earlier reported that A Nigerian-Scottish teenager, Amanda Amaeshi, has won the 2020 Glasgow Times young Scotswoman of the year.
The Glasgow Times editor, Callum Baird, made the announcement in a ceremony that was held in collaboration with the St Enoch Centre.
The editor described the Nigerian girl as one that is of immense inspiration, saying the board is glad to have her as its winner.