NLNG Calls For Entries To Literary,Science Prizes

Mohammed Shosanya

The Advisory Boards for The Nigeria Prize for Science, The Nigeria Prize for Literature and The Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism,sponsored by Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Limited, have published the Call for Entries for the 2024 edition of the prizes, flagging off this year’s competitions.

The Science and Literature prizes, which are now in their 20th year, each come with a cash prize of $100, 000 while the Prize for Literary Criticism has prize money of $10,000.

 

The Nigeria Prize for Science recognises outstanding scientific achievements by Nigerians and non-Nigerians and will focus on Innovations and Technologies for Reducing the Effects of Climate Change as the theme for this year.

 

The Nigeria Prize for Literature, on the other hand, will focus on Children’s Literature. The prize, which honours the author of the best book by a Nigerian, rotates among four literary genres, namely Prose Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children’s Literature.

 

The Literary Criticism Prize, which theme is on Children’s Literature, also aims to promote Nigerian Literature, will receive entries on works in literary criticism of Nigerian Literature, especially critical essays on new writings in Nigerian Literature.

 

The Call for Entries for the Literature prize and Literary Criticism will close on 2nd April 2024 while the window for the science prize will close on 30th April 2024,a statement said.

 

Professor Saleh Abdu chairs the panel of judges for this year’s Literature and the Literary Criticism competition. Professor Abdu is a Professor of English at the Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State.

He has taught courses mostly in Literature at various levels. He also served in Bayero University Kano and Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State, as Head of Department (HOD), Faculty Sub-Dean, Dean of Faculty, Chair of Senate, Management and Council Committees. He has authored and co-authored several books including his Poet of the People’s Republic: Reading the Poetry of Niyi Osundare (2003).

 

Other panel members include Professor Vicky Sylvester and Dr. Igudia Osarobu. Professor Sylvester is a writer who has been teaching at the Department of English, University of Abuja. Her prolific writing career has produced numerous award-winning novels, poems, and academic works.  Dr. Osarobu is a Doctor of Philosophy at the Department of Library Archival & Information Studies, University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

 

The Advisory Board also announced Dr. Christopher Okemwa as the International Consultant. Dr. Okemwa is a Doctor of Poetry, Drama & Creative Writing, and he is a Literature Lecturer in Kisii University, Kenya.

 

The winners of the Nigeria Prize for Literature and the Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism, if any, will be announced at an award ceremony in October 2024 to commemorate the anniversary of the first LNG export from the NLNG’s Plant on October 9, 1999.

The Science Prize winner will be revealed in September 2024.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature and The Nigeria Prize for Science are part of NLNG’s contribution towards helping to build a better Nigeria.

Asharami Synergy Kenya Announces Nabalayo,Major,As Winners OfCreative Writing Competition

Mohammed Shosanya

Asharami Synergy Kenya Limited, a Sahara Group Company, has announced Hope Nabalayo and Ariel Major, both students at University of Nairobi as joint winners of its creative writing competition at an awards ceremony held at KCA University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Cheryl Omolo, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Julius Musya Kilonzo, University of Baraton, and Nelson Gichuki, Kisii University emerged third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

In 2023 Asharami Synergy Kenya and the Sahara Group Foundation organised a creative writing competition for university students in Kenya aimed at fostering greater understanding and participation of youth in climate action, energy transition discourse, and sustainability.

Tagged the ‘Asharami Synergy Creative Writing Competition,the initiative received 225 submissions from university students who sent in essays, poems and plays on “creating a sustainable path for Africa’s energy transition.”

The winning entries stood out for their creativity, originality, and ability to convey compelling messages capable of facilitating the participation of young Kenyans in Africa’s March towards energy access and sustainability.

“This has been mission accomplished for Sahara Group Foundation and Asharami Synergy Kenya as our focus was to get youths in Kenya involved in the conversation around climate change and energy transition in Africa, especially seeing that they will bear the brunt of decisions made today.

The quality of the entries indicate we are on course to preparing Kenya youths for a seamless generational sustainability,” said Ejiro Gray, Director, Sahara Group Foundation.

Commending Sahara Group and Asharami Synergy Kenya for the initiative, Prof. Vincent Onywera, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Outreach at KCA University said, “climate change is a matter that calls for inclusive engagement of all stakeholders leaving no one behind, so this creative writing competition for our youths is important because we must catch them young.”

According to Lavinah Gonah, Operations Supervisor at Asharami Synergy Kenya, “Sahara Group is delighted at the success of the competition and commend all students who participated. Asharami Synergy Kenya remains committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure Kenya becomes a leading voice in driving a just energy transition for Africa.” Gonah added that Asharami Synergy Kenya in collaboration with the Sahara Group Foundation and Treedom had since commenced the planting of 1100 trees in Kenya to reduce carbon emissions.

Excited winner, Hope Nabalayo said: “Today, winning this award has validated me as a creative writer. I want to thank Asharami Synergy for giving me and many other students the opportunity to truly express ourselves, and contribute to the cause of creating sustainable solutions. Winning this award allows me to tap further into my creativity and be more vocal in environmental matters that affect Africa and knowing that as a youth I am at the forefront of fulfilling this mandate.”

Joint winner, Ariel Major said: ‘’I’m happy to have won this competition put together by the Sahara Group and Asharami Synergy Kenya. This is a milestone for me, I am passionate about climate justice and climate change. This competition is a step towards developing a clean Kenya and a clean Africa”.

Third-placed Cheryl said: “I am very happy to emerge as one of the winners and intend to continue contributing my thoughts on sustainability on many more platforms. I am grateful to Asharami Synergy Kenya and the Sahara Group Foundation for this laudable initiative. ”

In line with Sahara Group’s dedication to celebrating and rewarding excellence, the top five winners received cash prizes, plaques, and certificates for their excellent performance. The joint winners received $500 each, while the third, fourth and fifth winners received $250, $150, and $100, respectively.

In addition, outstanding entries will be published on the competition’s dedicated portal and other platforms.

Isale Eko Descendants Union Celebrates Jide Kosoko At 70

Mohammed Shosanya

The Isale Eko Descendants Union, IDU, has extended warm wishes and congratulations to the iconic Nigerian actor, Prince Jide Kosoko, as he celebrates his remarkable 70th birthday.

The union, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Adeniji Kazeem (SAN), said the milestone is a testament to Kosoko’s incredible contributions to the Nigerian entertainment industry and his unwavering commitment to the arts.

Kazeem, in the press statement, added that Kosoko has proven to be a distinguished figure, not only for his inimitable talent as an actor but also for his versatility and dedication to the world of film and theatre.

The group added that the actor’s performances have not only entertained audiences across generations but have also served as a source of inspiration for aspiring actors who look up to him with admiration.

Kazeem described Kosoko as a true ‘Omo Eko Pataki’ who preserved the dignity of the revered Eko royalty and has consistently projected the ancient city in a positive light through his numerous works and engagements.

“His artistic endeavours have become a source of pride for the Isale Eko community and the entire nation,” Kazeem was quoted in the statement.

“Beyond the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry, Kosoko’s commitment to cultural and community engagements further solidifies his status as a cultural ambassador. The Isale Eko Descendants Union acknowledges and celebrates this enduring legacy that reaches beyond the silver screen.

“The 70th birthday celebration of Prince Kosoko serves as a moment of reflection on the joy he has brought to countless hearts through his illustrious career. It is a celebration of a man who has not only made a mark in the entertainment industry but has also contributed significantly to the cultural tapestry of Nigeria.

“We, the Isale Eko Descendants Union, express our heartfelt gratitude for Prince Kosoko’s invaluable contributions to the creative arts. May this milestone birthday celebration be a beacon of joy, reflecting the impact of a career that has touched the lives of many. As Prince Kosoko enters this new phase of life, we wish him continued success, good health, and happiness in the years ahead.”

Chude Jideonwo:Why Rema Is The 2023 Culture Icon

It is impossible not to be inspired by Nigeria’s new Afrobeats generation. They have risen on the courage and chutzpah of the previous generation which includes the likes of 2face, Psquare, Freestyle (now Mista Styles), Sasha, Ruggedman, the Remedies, Bouqui and others, and they deserve credit for seizing the moment, casting out convention, and leaning in.

While major attention is fixed on the likes of Davido, the iconoclastic Burna Boy, the fearless Wizkid, and the brilliant Tems, I believe it is their younger sibling, Divine ‘Rema’ Ikubor, that fully captures the moment and its limitless potential and its range of possibilities.

People often think Nigerian creatives, especially its Afrobeats clan, need to be a certain way: gregarious, combative, other-focused. People think they have to surround themselves with activity and keep churning ‘content’. People expect them to stoke rivalries, rile up their base, and thump their chests.

However, Rema remained as himself: silent, focused and ferocious. I remember watching a raft of his interviews two years ago and thinking: This is the one who will remain, who will outlast and who will be unforgettable.

The major reason for his success is of course talent and hard work. But talent is not scarce in Nigeria, and, on average, everyone works work very hard. So I think the deeper reason for his success is his sense of inner-directedness. He doesn’t refer to anyone but himself. He is certain about who he is, what he is capable of and how far he can go.

His rise, as I have observed, is not driven by fear or competition. It is driven by a deep understanding that he has a unique contribution to the world, and he alone can make that contribution so there is no need to pay attention to what anyone else is doing.

It may seem odd to draw this comparison, but it’s not if you’ve been paying attention to him: Rema is what spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra referred to as ‘self-referential’ three decades ago. This is somewhat unusual because Rema is a staunch member of Gen Z.

Without judgment, it is a generation that is convinced that it must always be visible, always be heard and that the only game that counts is hustle and grind. Of course, the roots of this energy come from millennials, so no one should be too quick to get on their high horse.

But, remarkably, Rema has eschewed all of that to succeed in his own way, listen to his own voice, pay attention to his own spirit, and dance to his own tune, earning the African song with one billion streams on Spotify with “Calm Down.”

He is an icon and, almost inevitably, will end up becoming a legend. Because, you see, even Grammy-award-winning stars come and go, raves end, and trends expire, but legends? They matter for eternity. Those who have their eyes on the eternal and who see beyond the fickle here and now end up truly mattering. Rema teaches us that it never goes out of style to know oneself, to be oneself fully, and to walk one’s path, however lonely.

In this way, he is a voice – beyond the music – crying in the wilderness, a prophet speaking softly to his generation and age, telling them to calm down. In a time of great spiritual, emotional, and mental health crises, one can only hope that people will listen.

Veteran Yoruba Actor, Olofa Ina Dies

Veteran yoruba actor, Chief Adedeji Aderemi, a.k.a. Baba Olofa Ina is dead.

He was said to have died on Thursday in his hometown of Ede.

Chief Adedeji Aderemi, popularly also known as Baba Olowe was until his death, the Sobaloju of Edeland.

He is a renowned name in the contemporary Yoruba theatre. He was born into the family of Late Chief AbdulSalam Aderemi and Late Madam Aisha Aderemi of Jagun- Olukosi compound, Ede in Osun State on 15th May, 1950 during the reign of Late Oba John Adetoyese Laoye, the then Timi of Ede Land.

He had his primary education at St. Peters Anglican Primary School between 1957 and 1962 and then proceeded to Baptist Secondary Modern School, Ode-Omu from 1963 to 1965. He later had his vocational training in carpentry and joinery at Olukorede Furniture Industry between 1965 and 1970.

Alongside his career in carpentry, Alagba Aderemi had a fair taste of both public and private services as he worked as a Grade II Officer with the Ministry of Works and Transport, Ibadan, Western State of Nigeria. from 1970 to 1977 and later worked as a Maintenance Officer with Daladson Hotel, Jericho Reservation, Idi-Isin, in Oyo State between 1977-1980 before he finally retired into full time Theatre Arts Practice in 1980.

Prior to 1980, he had earlier floated the Olofa Ina Theatre Group in 1972 with the likes of Erinfolamin, Dasofunjo, Gbolagade Akinpelu and Late Oyetunji of Esinnla compound, Ede. He received his theatre training under the Late Oyetunji.

The Olofa Ina Group recorded landmark achievements in the Theatre Industry by pioneering the staging of epical histories of the Yoruba Warlords of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Basorun Ogunmola, Balogun Ibikunle, Ogedengbe Agbogungboro of Ilesha, Aare Kurunmi of Ijaye, Kakanfo Afonja and a host of others.

These productions were recorded by Nigerian Television (NTV) Ibadan in the 70s and were narrated by late Dr. Babayemi then, of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan who later became the Oba Olufi of Gbongan, Osun State. Olofa Ina also recorded series of Television productions among which are Odetedo, Lakaaye, Kogun Maja, and Ade Oba.

Olofa Ina also displays his God-given talents in scriptwriting, script dialogue and directing in addition to his acting roles in Yoruba films and television series.

He featured prominently in production of Ija Omode by Korede Films, Idaamu Otunba by Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Ewe Orun by Korede films, Kabiyesi Olodumare by Ogogo films and Mayegun by Yinka Quadri to mention but a few.

He made his debut in film acting during the shooting of Ejo Ngboro by Tunbosun Odunsi Films, and later in Lisabi Agbongbo Akala by Akin Ogungbe, Ayonmon by Hubert Ogunde, Mosebolatan by Alawada Films Limited, Taxi Driver Part I and II and Ehin Oku by Ade Love Films Ltd as well as Agbaarin by Jimoh Ali Films Limited.

Why I Wrote Book on Bank Statement Forensic Audit-Oluyomi Martins

Oluyomi Martins, a prominent figure in the banking and financial services sector with over 23 years of experience,has unveiled his latest masterpiece, “How to Conduct a Bank Statement Forensic Audit.”

He wrote the book as part of his desire to widen the Central Bank of Nigeria National Financial Literacy Framework in the country,he said in a statement made available to Premium News on Thursday.

He added:”I wrote this book to bridge the existing knowledge gap in bank statement forensic audit and contribute to the CBN National Financial Literacy Framework,.”My goal is to make this crucial process understandable and applicable to a broad audience, fostering a deeper understanding of financial transparency and accountability.”

Published in December 2023, this groundbreaking book is the first to focus specifically on bank statement forensic audits in Nigeria.

Martins, a former Head of Investigation at an international bank in Nigeria, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this comprehensive guide. His extensive background in the field positions him as a trusted authority, uniquely qualified to demystify the complex process of bank statement forensic audit.

According to the statement,the book addresses a significant knowledge gap within the financial sector, providing a practical and accessible resource for both non-forensic audit professionals and seasoned experts. As the economic landscape continues to evolve,

Martins aims to contribute to the objectives of the CBN National Financial Literacy Framework by empowering professionals with essential skills in bank statement forensic audit.

Key Features of “How to Conduct a Bank Statement Forensic Audit”:

Practical Guidance: The book offers step-by-step guidance, making the forensic audit process accessible to professionals at all levels.

Insider Insights: Drawing from Martins’ extensive experience, the book provides insider insights into the intricacies of bank statement forensic audit, offering real-world examples and case studies.

CBN National Financial Literacy Contribution: Aligned with the CBN National Financial Literacy Framework, the book aims to enhance financial knowledge and promote best practices in the industry.

Comprehensive Coverage: The book covers a broad spectrum of fundamental principles and advanced techniques, ensuring a holistic understanding of forensic audit of bank statements.

Oladips:I’ll Share My Story When I Feel Better

Rapper Oladipupo Oladimeji, popularly known as Oladips, finally broke his silence via a live session with fans on Thursday.
The rapper, who was reported dead on November 15, resurfaced online Thursday with a video of him debunking news of his death while vibing to his latest record, ‘Ori.’
Speaking with his fans during a live session on Instagram today,he promised to share reasons for the death hoax, adding that this would be as soon as he feels better.
He added:”When I feel like I’m good enough to address everybody, I’ll come on live and tell you people my side of the story. Na wetin I con tell you people be that. Pray for Oladips.”
Oladips Is Alive, Singer Qdot claims

Nigerian singer Qudus Fakoya Oluwadamilare, popularly known as Qdot,says his colleague, Oladips, who was recently pronounced dead by his management, is alive.
 Oladips’ management,had in a statement released via his Instagram page on Wednesday, announced that the rapper passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
But,Oladips’ colleague and close associate, Qdot,  insisted that the rapper is alive.
Sharing a picture of Oladips on his Instagram page, Qdot wrote, “@oladipsoflife, my gee is alive.”
Popular Fuji Musician, Saheed Osupa Bags Bachelor’s Degree From UI

Mohammed Shosanya

Popular Fuji musician, King Saheed Osupa, has graduated with a second-class upper degree from the Political Science department at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

He announced his current achievement on his official Instagram page on Wednesday.

He said:“Today, I attended the Convocation Ceremony of the University Of Ibadan, where I graduated from the department of Political Science with Second Class Upper Credit…

“The public should be aware that King (Dr.) Saheed Osupa Akorede is a graduate of the prestigious University Of Ibadan, Class 21’.”

Most Characters In My Skit Are Real Replica Of My Mother,Says Lasisi Elenu

Mohammed Shosanya

Nigerian comedian and actor, Nosa Afolabi popularly known as Lasisi Elenu sits with Chude Jideonwo host of #WithChude to discuss the way he dealt with losing his mother, why he got married last year, and how his first video went viral.

“Last year was a very significant year for me because I welcomed my daughter. Before now, I have been godfathers to kids, uncles to so many. I thought it would feel the same way but having my wife bring that child to this world was extraordinary. Also, my mum passed on last year. So, after my mum died then came Rain, and I also got married last year.”

Lasisi shared why he got married last year. “I think it is long overdue. I was one of those people who consistently undermined the essence of what you have. I just casually did things. I won’t say I am an emotionless person; I just quantify my emotions.

Sometimes, my wife doesn’t know how I feel, ‘Are you happy? Are you fine?’. But then in retrospect to last year, it dawned on me that there was nothing else I was looking for. I had someone who is caring, supportive, loving, all those things put in one. So, what is left? Why is the decision making a big deal? It was one thing I had to do because my mum has always wanted me to get married.

She was my biggest fan, from when I started. Her late years were very bad because she was very sick for 13 years. So, I saw her go through a lot phases. She wanted so much for me, I remember when she told my wife in 2021, when she was staying at mine for a while because she was really sick. She told her to take care of me. My dad always sits me down on my birthday to ask me, ‘when are you getting married, you can’t help everybody’.

My sibling and I felt like my mum was getting to a point when the sickness was getting worse, and I wanted to hold on to something. Then my wife was there, she was very supportive, and I said, ‘let me hold on to this moment, before I look back and I regret not making that choice and I did”.

On what he missed the most about his mum, he shared, “It hurts to say this, but I miss her being the vibrant woman that she was.”

He also recounted how he missed her being the strong woman who could support her family.

“We saw my mum as a ‘stubborn’, ‘wicked’ woman, most of the characters that I created are a real replica of my mother – how she says it, how she speaks it. All of the things I say like, ‘blood of Jesus’, was a replica of who my mother was in those days, but not in the last 13 years of her life. Shoutout to my dad, he was always there for her.

Before she passed, she’d always make comments like, ‘let me just go; I am tired’. So, it’s a sweet and bitter feeling because you still want her but then it hurts you to see her the way she is. She can’t walk, she almost can’t talk, she wants to laugh, she can’t even control her laugh. She had partial stroke.She had it about 3 or 4 times.

We were changing hospitals so much that there were days you’ll just see her where she’s laying down, tears in her eyes, a lot of things happening to her. My older brother Uyi was pretty much the one that was everything for her in terms of being available. I was not as available as he was, so he felt it more than I did.

As a matter of fact, he took her corpse from the hospital, he was there with her the day she died, he had just gone down to get something and by the time he’s back, she had gone. I remember when they called me and told me she had died, I was trying to do a skit that day. I wanted to shoot so I was in my room.

I was in my costume, and he called me and he said, “Ehn mumsy…” The moment he said that I sat down, I didn’t cry. I was just looking, and I cut the call. I’ve had friends who lost people, but it’s never the same. I’d feel like everybody should stop everything they’re doing for you to feel what you’re feeling. So, when I went online, I’m seeing people post videos, I’m angry. I feel like, ‘these people don’t know my mother has died?’ It was so bad that I just sat there on my couch for minutes before I started crying”.

On the life altering moment his first video went viral, he said, “I just went online, Twitter, I just see say I dey hot. I just called my brother and showed him because I have never experienced that kind of thing before. Even when I dey do music sef, when we dey do music we dey run am. I give one person my 100k, dem say dem go do my page for me, baba make we no loud am. I no know where the ten thousand followers come from that time.

They just told me I had 10k and I said ok thank God. That was what you could call organic, I experienced it. It was the first time in my life I tasted ‘Organism’. As I opened my page, for the first time in my life, Chude I put it to you, you don’t know how it feels to see 2000 views on your old videos, even videos you posted 7 days ago, you’re seeing 116,000 views. I say, ‘where dem from come? Who are you? How do you do what you do? What do you want from me?’ Bro! I was sweating. Baba, I say God, different people don fight, don talk, ha! I love Nigerians. Ha! una too much.

They don analyze my life. oh! This thing that he’s doing now, this thing is so good, another person say ‘but do you think he can keep up with it?’ Another one reply, ‘but do you know that this thing he’s doing is different?’

Another one say ‘what if the filter goes tomorrow?’. And me I dey my house for Ayobo, dey wonder wetin dey sup? So, it was interesting? I went on Twitter, there were lots of engagement. People had reposted the video, so many people. Bizzle, Frank Edoho , Kate, a lot of people, and then I said, you know what? I still didn’t have a plan. And then a lot of people were advising me, ‘please be putting your handle on your videos’.”

On his stint in music,he said:’At the time I gained fame as Lasisi Elenu, I didn’t want anybody to know about the music part because I was thinking I was going to return to music, and it would be a surprise. But I never explored it, I was like let me pursue this career, and see where it takes me. This is not the western world. Even for them over there, the ones who were able to sustain it were very few. I just thought that I should stick to the comedy, I think I can build a lifetime of greatness from there.”