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How Okara, Ohaeto won NLNG literature top prizes [Nigeria]:
[...] To pick this year’s winning entry the judges measured the quality of performance by each poet’s mastery of language and the chosen poetic genre as well as the potential contribution to the evolution of Nigeria’s literary culture and, of course, the social relevance of his or her themes. It is taken for granted that a poet should not divorce himself or herself from our social condition as human beings and as Nigerians, and would show concern for the health of the body politic. He or she would certainly not be unaware of the global character of our century.

At the end of this exercise, ladies and gentlemen, the judges are unanimous in selecting joint winners in addition to a third contestant who is listed for honourable mention. The joint winners are, in alphabetical order,

1. The Chants of a Minstrel by Ezenwa Ohaeto

2. The Dreamer His Vision by Gabriel Okara

Listed for Honourable Mention is Naked Among these Hills by Promise Okekwe, which the judges commend for the very high quality of its physical production. It is an important achievement that demonstrates the production standard that one may expect of the Nigerian printing and publishing industry. [...]
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