Poets in Nigeria (PIN) have announced the prize-winners for the 2017 edition of Nigerian Students PIN poetry Competition, which opened since February this year, and which received about 725 poems from students drawn from over 100 tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad.
Winners of the 2017 Poets in Nigeria (PIN) Competition
Bakre Fadil Adedamola, a 400-level student of Philosophy at the University of Ibadan, clinched the first prize with his poem ‘Mixed History’.
Ajah Henry Ekene, a medical student of University of Benin, won second position with his poem ‘Song of Freedom’.
Bona O. Solomon, a student of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, took the third prize with her poem ‘Beach Chronicles’.The winners get 200,000 Naira and an exclusive feature in the seventh issue of PIN Quarterly Journal and NSPP’s anthology of top 100 poems to be released later in the year.Professor Akachi Ezeigbo, chair of the judging panel appraised the winning poems. In his statements: “I have chosen the winning poem ‘Mixed History’ and the two runners-up ‘Song of Freedoms and ‘Beach Chronicles’ not just because of the content, but more importantly, because they are virtually error-free and make judicious use of imagery, especially as seen in the skillful use of symbols and metaphors. They are charming poems in every sense of the word and explore serious themes and interesting ideas.”The PIN poetry competition has received over 1,000 entries since inception in 2016. It has also stimulated creativity among Nigerian undergraduates.