PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF THE WINNER, THE NIGERIA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE, 2011 EDITION
As you already know, Adeleke Adeyemi, whose pen name is Mai Nasara, emerged winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2011. The 2011 competition was in the genre of Children’s Literature. and Adeyemi’s book The Missing Clock won the $100,000.00 prize money.
A total of 126 books were considered for the award. In choosing The Missing Clock for the prize, the judges praised it for celebrating “ingenuity, hard-work, faith, creativity and self-reliance.” According to them, “The narrative sparkles in a correct and efficient language that reveals the individuality of characters and brings out their mannerisms and peculiarities. It celebrates environmental health and conservation. Written in a simple narrative style using the omniscient technique, The Missing Clock dramatises the importance of growing food and returning to the earth, the sustainer of human life.”
Adeleke Adeyemi, also an essayist, a journalist and former Editor with Next group of newspapers, will be honoured at a public presentation by the Advisory Board of The Nigeria Prize for Literature and Nigeria LNG Limited as follows:
Date: Monday, 6th February, 2012
Venue: Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.
Time: 10.00 am prompt.
Africa’s literary giants, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and Gabriel Okara, will grace the occasion as special guests of honour, under the chairmanship of Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo.
Please join us.