Nigeria LNG Limited on Wednesday announced the appointment of Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, emeritus professor of English, as the chairperson of the Advisory Board for the Nigeria Prize for Literature to flag off the 2021 cycle of the competition.
Prof. Adimora-Ezeigbo succeeds Ayo Banjo, emeritus professor of English at the University of Ibadan, who had served since the inception of the Prize in 2004.
A past winner of the Prize, Prof. Adimora-Ezeigbo won the 2007 The Nigeria Prize for Literature in the Children’s Literature category, alongside Mabel Segun. She has also served as a judge for the prize.
Other members of the Advisory Board are Prof. Olu Obafemi and Prof. Ahmed Yerima. Prof. Obafemi is a playwright, poet and Professor of English at the University of Ilorin. Prof. Yerima is a professor of Theatre and Performing Arts.
Nigeria LNG Limited’s GM, External Relations & Sustainable Development, Mrs Eyono Fatayi-Williams stated that the new Advisory Board members are scholars who have distinguished themselves in their areas of specialisation and have contributed significantly to Literature in Nigeria.
Mrs. Fatayi-Williams thanked Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo and Emeritus Prof. Ben Elugbe for their selfless service to the prize. The Board also included the late Professor Jerry Agada.
She said NLNG is looking forward to a successful cycle which will culminate in an announcement of the judges’ decision in October 2021.
The entries were handed over to the panel of judges led by Prof Toyin Jegede who is a professor of Literature in English at the University of Ibadan.
Other judges are Prof. Tanimu Abubakar and Dr. Solomon Azumurana. Professor Abubakar is a Professor of Literature in the Faculty of Art, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Dr. Azumurana is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Lagos.
The award will run concurrently with The Nigeria ’s Prize for Literary Criticism for which only four entries were received for this year’s competition.
The 2022 cycle of the prize, focused on poetry, will commence in February 2022 with a call for entries.