Winners have emerged in the recently concluded Literary Contests organized by this foundation for the undergraduates of University of Ilorin, Ilorin. They are:
Winner, 2013 UNILORIN/Esiaba Irobi Prize for Poetry
MARCUS ADENIYI OLAOLUWA (600Level, College of Health Sciences)
Winner, 2013 UNILORIN/Kunle Alabi Prize for Essay Writing
OLADELE Williams Olaide, (100Level, Faculty of Science)
Has Democracy failed Nigeria?
Presentation of prizes to the winners and other shortlistees was held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the office of the Dean, Student Affairs, University of Ilorin, Ilorin.
Peter Akinlabi on the Poetry Prize Winner’s Work (Marcus Adeniyi Olaoluwa):
This poet has an amazing understanding of imagery that‘s very quaint
in a good way. His range of thematics is also rich. I like certain
turns of phrase in these poems that remark on a real energy of joyous
thoughtfulness in this poet: ‘She had sowed before she weaned’
(‘Everything Good Will Come’), ‘Swaying feathers in an excited hop’
(‘what I wanted’) and so on. I especially love the poem ‘What I
wanted’, simply beautiful! Although I suspect If he had gone easy on
the rhymes, if he had opted for a more liberal and enabling free
verse, he would have achieved a better mastery, especially in diction
and line tidiness.
Dr Luqman Abdulazeez on the Essay Prize Winner’s Work (Oladele Olaide):
This is the best essay among them all. It is critical, educative and
informative. Besides, the writing is matured, although could be too
hard to understand for people with lower education. Nevertheless, it
is a creative and imaginative writing with mature language and
expression. I strongly recommend the essay for the award. To me, it is
the best of all, albeit not the best we could get.
No Show for the Journalism Prize:
None of the entrants was able to convince me that their journalistic
output in the year under review deserves winning the prize named after
a brilliant investigative journalist, late Dele Giwa. None of the
entrants was able to demonstrate in the submitted works the qualities
that we have come to expect from investigative journalism. In all the
submissions I assessed, it was all a case of reports of events with
little background insight and quality opinion. However, I believe that
the duo of Hammed Muritala Opeyemi and Ibrahim Alamu have both done
enough respectable reportage on the University to deserve an honorable
mention. I commend them for their works.
— Samuel Okopi.
No Show at all for the Short Story Prize