Vanguard (Lagos)

13 October 2008

Nigeria: Agary's Yello Yello Wins Nlng Prize

Lagos- Bayelsa State born female activist and writer, Kaine Agary weekend emerged the single winner of the 2008 Nigeria Prize for Literature instituted five years ago by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), to repeat the record already set by Professor Ahmed Yerima when he won the prize in 2006.

Agary's maiden novel, "Yellow Yellow" contested for the star prize of $50,000 with Jude Dibia's second work, "Unbriddle'.

Announcing the winner of the prize at a glamorous award night, held weekend at the Muson Centre, Lagos, and was graced by two former Head of State, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Senate President, Mr. David Mark and other eminent Nigerians, Professor Ayo Banjo representing the panel of judges said, Agary's "Yellow Yellow" was picked for the prize not just because of the novelist's unpretentious narrative technique, and unsentimental account of the unexplored aspect of the Niger Delta experience, but particularly, because of her ability to explore two dominant themes that addresses contemporary issues in Nigeria.

According to him, a total of 149 entries were received for this year's awards, many of which recorded shortcomings in the areas of typographical and factual errors. Some of the criteria used in the final selection process, he disclosed, include national relevance, originality, style and creativity.

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