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Nigerian Writer Wins $100 000 For his work in writing, dresses in nature to collect his prize

Prolific writer, poet and journalist, Ikeogu
Oke attended the formal presentation of the
$100,000 (N36million) 2017 NLNG prize
for Literature which he won dressed as a
tradtional Ohafia war dancer. The attire
came with isi-agu cap, okparaja (machete)
and the Oja.
The event took place on Wednesday at
Muson Centre, Lagos. He was awarded the
prize for his book, “The Heresiad’’ , after an
intensive process of adjudication.
President Muhammadu Buhari
congratulated Ikeogu Oke for the award.
Buhari said Oke’s passion and commitment
to lifting the genre of poetry in the country;
an art that many shy away from due to the
required discipline and focus, reflective
thinking and unique style of writing is
something Nigerian writers should emulate.

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