Monday, October 22, 2012

Nigeria makes top 3 in International Poetry competition

A young Nigerian writer, Okwudili Nebeolisa, has emerged third place winner in the poetry category of the 2012 Asian International Writing Competition. He won with his entry titled Ode to Biafra.

Okwudili, among others, was declared winner after the release, in September, of a long list of sixty (60) entries comprising both the poetry and essay categories.

Okwudili, who also writes prose fiction, is currently a 300 level Chemical Engineering Student of Federal University of Technology Minna (FUT Minna).

The poet expressed his gratitude and appreciated the organizers of the competition. He further added that "it's been a nice start for me in the literary run. And I hope for better chances in the future."

The first prize winner in the poetry category is Shlok Prakash, from India. While other winners cut across several other countries.

Making Africa proud is Faith Pepela, a Kenyan student who emerged overall winner in the essay section.

As made available in the website,, Distinguished Award Certificates will be presented to the winners, as well as monetary awards. For the first prize, is 300 US Dollars; while the second and third prize winners get 200 and 100 US Dollars respectively. Also, a 50 US Dollar consolation prize and Merit Award Certificate, is to be presented to the prizes from 4th-10th in each categories.

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