Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
6 authors win $200,000 NLNG prize for science, literature

By Olayinka Olawale and Lucy Osuizigbo on 07/02/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,011


The Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) on Wednesday presented 200, 000 dollars prize to six winners of its “Nigeria Prize for Science and Literature”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ikeogu Oke emerged the winner of the Prize for Literature and received a cash prize of 100,000 dollars for his poetry ‘The Heresaid’.

For the Nigeria Prize for Science, three works jointly won the award for the competition which has as its theme, “Innovation for Malaria Control”.

The 100,000 dollars prize would be shared by the five authors – Dr Chukwuma Agubata, Prof. Olugbenga Mokuola, Dr Bidemi Yusuf, Dr Ikeoluwapo Ajayi and Prof. Ayodele Jegede.

Speaking at the public presentation of the winners in Lagos, Mr Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, NLNG Deputy Managing Director, said that the prizes were aimed at bringing Nigerian scientists and authors to public attention.

“The Nigeria Prize for Science, the Nigeria Prize for Literature and the Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism sponsored by NLNG, is to celebrate excellence in scientific breakthroughs and literary accomplishments in our country.

“At NLNG, we believe that the NLNG Science Prize will provide leaders with answers to crucial issues in development, improve the standard of living and re-energise the scientific community to seek solutions to national problems.

“With the Nigeria Prize for Literature and Prize for Literary criticism, it is expected that the quest for a prestigious prize will improve the quality of writing, editing and proof-reading.

“It will also have positive outcome on publishing with far-reaching positive effect on print and broadcast journalism,” he said.

In his remarks, Prof. Ayo Banjo, Chairman, NLNG Literature Prize Advisory Board, said that Oke emerged the winner for 2017 after diligent consideration and critical, objective application of the guidelines and criteria by the judges.

“Oke’s poetry, ‘The Heresaid’ was outstanding and the decision for its winning was based on its apt topicality, relevance, artistic heft and the pursuit of artistic provenance.”

According to Banjo, in a world increasingly threatened by encroaching totalitarianism and even bare-faced tirany and intolerance, the wit, wisdom and message of the poetry `The Heresaid’, are infinitely crucial.

“It is our hope and goal that the kind of vibrancy found in the collections of poetry submitted is enough vital evidence that NLNG is making unprecedented difference in the intellectual development of Nigeria.

“The Heresaid, published by Kraft Books, employs the epic form in questioning power and freedom,” Banjo said.

Also speaking at the presentation, Prof. Akpoveta Susu, Chairman, NLNG Science Prize Advisory Board, said the winners were selected after diligent consideration and critical application of guidelines and criteria.

Susu, who was represented by Prof. Barth Nnaji, a former Minister of Power, said that due to the very high standards set, none of the entries on their own could be adjudged the winner.

“The judges acknowledged that some entries which were believed to have significant contributions to the effective control of malaria could become better with more work in consonance with the progressive nature of science.

“Therefore, to encourage researchers, three entries were recommended as the winners for the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Science.

“The works include “Improving Home and Community Management of Malaria: Providing the Evidence Base” by Ikeoluwapo Ajayi, Ayodele Jegede and Bidemi Yusuf.

“The ‘Multifaceted Efforts at Malaria Control in Research: Management of Malaria of Various Grades and Mapping Artemisinin Resistance’ by Olugbenga Mokuolu also came through.

“Another entry, ‘Novel Lipid Microparticles for Effective Delivery of Artemether Antimalarial Drug Using a Locally-Sourced lrvingia Fat From Nuts of lrvingia gabonensis var excels (Ogbono) by Chukwuma Agubata, also won the prize,’ Nnaji said.

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, represented by Elizabeth Ibezim, said that the current socio-economic challenges in the country required scientific researches to solve.

Onu commended the NLNG for promoting excellence in scientific breakthroughs as this would encourage scientists in the country.

“Nigerian scientists have continued to demonstrate that they can defend their space and provide lasting solutions to national problems.

“The ministry will continue to support and provide the enabling environment for organisations such as NLNG to complement government’s efforts toward promoting scientific researches in the country,” he said. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 07/02/2018 7:16:23 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Saraki seeks media partnership to end recession

Sports Minister Danagogo put to shame as FIFA...

U.S. to track down Nigeria’s billions of dollars...

Obiano tasks Anambra lawmakers on development

Business School Netherlands partners Indomie on Youth Entrepreneurship...

Lagos keen on human capacity development —Information Commissioner...

Lagos mini Olympics: Oshodi, Agege, Ajegunle, Ketu, Obalende,...

Soyinka warns Nigerians on Buhari, Jonathan

Yobe to review obsolete tax laws

Bank customers groan as cash dries up in...

Russia 2018: Super Eagles lose 0-1 to Czech...

NLC slams Kaduna State government over ‘crude propaganda,...

 

Latest News Imo Gov Race: Okorocha raises alarm over alleged fake court order Nigeria collapsing under Buhari — CLO Court of Appeal reduces jail terms of ex-governors Dariye, Nyame Army builds detention centre for Boko Haram fighters Buhari: I am on track to achieving my plans for Nigeria Nigeria, Uganda friendly tickets now on sale •Stephen Keshi International Stadium Asaba is venue Let’s not plunge Rivers into violence — Abe ‘Stop advertising your ignorance’ — Atiku/Obi Advocacy Group chides Buhari Media Organisation Delta APC factional chairs disagree over reconciliation committee Court orders EFCC to re-arraign Jonathan’s ex-aide Don’t repackage the gospel — Anglican Bishop charges clerics Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan ranked as world’s most dangerous countries

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (420,886 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (389,897 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (322,774 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (271,467 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (244,030 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (227,438 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (208,968 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (190,432 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (175,792 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (168,531 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (165,001 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (151,920 views)

 

Zenith Zero Balance First Bank banner

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (73) Business & Economy (3,794) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (963) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (566) Features (669) Global Business Monitor (309) International (2,684) Interview (166) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (35) News (40,587) Opinion (1,140) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,743) Religion (900) Sports (1,774) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera