2021 Itohan Hephzibah Deborah Igbe Poetry Contest

Recently updated on January 30th, 2021 at 09:44 pm

The 2021 Itohan Hephzibah Deborah Igbe Poetry Contest is organised to recognise and celebrate the life of Ms. Itohan Hephzibah Deborah Igbe on her birthday (31st of January, 2021).

The online poetry event with the theme “How food fit bring dignity and hope!” is aimed at promoting the nature, role and value of food in achieving dignity and hope for humanity.

2021 Itohan Hephzibah Deborah Igbe Poetry Contest

Eligibility and expectation(s):

  1. Open to everyone
  2. One (1) post submission per person/participant
  3. Participation is free – at no cost to the participants
  4. The language acceptable for the entire poem submission is Pidgin.
  5. Timelines (GMT +1; Nigerian time)
  6. PositiveNaija Team (excluding Volunteers) and members of the Igbe family are not eligible.
  7. Must be original, no plagiarism and not previously published.
  8. Truth, logical consistency, narrative structure/organisation, creativity/initiative.
  9. Once a poem is submitted, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced.

Poetry format:

  • Maximum of 250 words.
  • At the beginning or end of the essay, state only your full names, nationality, email and telephone number(s).
  • Must be submitted in both MS Word & Portable Document format (PDF).

Reward [cash prizes]: Top three (3): 7,000 each

Reward [certificates]: Top three (3)

Reward [publishing]: Top three (3) will be published on PositiveNaija


  • Submission dates by participants: January 1 – 28, 2021.
  • PositiveNaija reviews and selects the top three (3) best entries: 31st January 2021
  • Payments made and certificates issued to winners on 31st January 2021.

Entries received: Twenty-seven (27)

Final reviewers: Sarah Timothy and Mbah Ekene Collins Arum

Winners: Chidera Udochukwu; Daniel Bassey Eta; and Taiwo Shodeinde

Winners of 2021 Itohan Hephzibah Deborah Igbe Food Poetry Contest


*The order of the names does not imply their positions in the competition (rather, largely in the order their poems were received).

1. Sonia Mallum Awala
2. Shodeinde Taiwo Ayomide
3. Miracle Chidera Odigwe
4. Oqua Efa Etim
5. Olowolagba Tahir Ayodeji
6. Maduabuchi MacDonald S.
7. Sola-Ojo Mofesola Wuraola
8. Daniel Bassey Eta
9. Tolushe Igbalasanmi Esther
10. Eme Efa Etim
11. Valerie Oghenefegor Ifieosuo Herbert
12. Ozota Gerald Obinna
13. Owolabi Peter Ayodele
14. Victor Femi-Lawal
15. Idemor Angela Itamike
16. Akinkitan Joel Sunday
17. Onyeka Godson
18. Udochukwu Deraa
19. Suleiman Farida
20. Clinton Tommy
21. Oluwaseyi Ogunkayode Simeon
22. Ozo Michael Chibuike
23. Okeleke Gift Victoria
24. Abraham Uwe Esang
25. Johnson Patience Asuquo
26. Ogbodordor Peace
27. Adeoye Favour I.



Email: positivenaija@yahoo.com

Deadline: 28 January 2021 | 11:59 PM (GMT +1)


Last updated: 21:45 pm – 30-01-2021

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