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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Globacom launches Literature Prize for undergraduates

Starting from 2016, Telecom giants Globacom will launch a literary prize for young writers in Nigerian Universities and winners will receive cash prize of N4.5 million from the Telecommunication giant.
This was announced at the "Evening with Wole Soyinka and Nigeria Outstanding Literary Stars" sponspored by Globacom this weekend at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel, VI, Lagos Nigeria.
An Evening with Wole Soyinka and Nigeria’s Outstanding Literary Stars was organized to celebrate the continent's biggest literary icon and Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, and three of Nigeria’s young but inspirational writers. They are 2006 winner of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, Sefi Atta, and Caine Prize winners E.C. Osondu and Tope Folarin.

Speaking at the event, Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., described Prof Soyinka as an uncommon patriot and intellectual deity who has made the black race proud.

“Prof Soyinka has not only remained steadfast in his pursuit of social justice and good governance, but has all his adult life been one of the icons of Nigeria’s moral fabric. He is a sedulous writer and raconteur par excellence whose works have for decades remained study materials the world over and will be for generations to come,” Dr Adenuga noted.

He also commended the three young writers for being good ambassadors of the country and for putting their footprint on the world literary map.

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