The presentation of cash prizes to winners of the maiden edition of the Bolaji Abdullahi literature prize took place yesterday in Ilorin.
The brief, but exclusive, ceremony, had in attendance invited guests, including parents and relatives of the winners.
Kwara State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Mr. Babayemi O.O. who presented prizes to winners on behalf of the organizers of the competition had, earlier in his remarks, thanked Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi for initiating what he described as “an encouragement platform for emerging writers in the State.”
Hajarat Alli, who emerged winner of the writing contest with her fictional entry, “Lost in the blind Man’s corner” was rewarded with a prize of N300,000; the first runner up, Olawuyi Olabimpe Raheemah was awarded a prize of N150, 000 for her story, “A Long way From Home,” while the second runner up, Shedrack Akanbi got N50,000 prize for his story titled, “Mr Tunde’s moment.”
Speaking on behalf of the winners, Hajarat Alli described the contest as an absolute honour and a motivation to renew their dedication to writing and storytelling.
She expressed gratitude to the former Minister for Youths and sports development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi for providing the platform for young writers to find expression and hone their skills.
Recall that in May 2021, organizers announced the Bolaji Abdullahi Literiature prize 2021 for Kwara based writers. The contest is aimed at deepening storytelling culture and promoting literature in the country.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, a lover of books, celebrated journalist, writer and published author of two best sellers, instituted the prize to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent and invariably to promote literature across the State.
Abdullahi, deeply passionate about youth development, is also the Convener of the Bolaji Abdullahi Mentorship Programme, Nigeria’s flagship leadership mentorship platform with the mandate of nurturing young people and providing them with the required mentorship that is integral to their overall personal and professional development.