Lagbaja, Kuffour, Fashola to grace Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature Grand Awards Night

Posted: August 23, 2012 in arts/culture

A number of Nigerian top artists have been lined up to perform at the Grand Awards Night of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, scheduled for the Civic Centre, Lagos, September 8.

Leading the pack is the masked artiste, Lagbaja who is expected to thrill the audience with his brand of Afro-Jazz and Afro-Calypso genre of music, a product of various influences ranging from traditional Yoruba music to jazz.

Also expected to add colour to the night are the Crown Troupe of Africa and Nerfetiti, a new sensation with their unique style.

The fourth edition of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa sponsored by telecommunications firm, Globacom ends with a Grand Awards Night event following the earlier announced longlisting and the subsequent shortlisting expected to be unveiled next week.

Organisers of the event, the Lumina Foundation, have also confirmed that former President of Ghana, Mr. John Agyekum Kufour will grace the occasion as the Chairman, just as it has confirmed the attendance of the Executive Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola as host, while Mr. Ibikunle Amosun, the Executive Governor of Ogun State is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour.

It was established by the Lumina Foundation in 2005 as a Biennial Award for the best literary work produced by an African.  It honours Africa’s great writers and causes their works to be appreciated. It celebrates excellent writing, promotes scholarship and makes books available and affordable by subsidizing the publication of books in the top list of the judges.

The first edition of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa was held in 2006.

The fourth edition has so far assessed four hundred and two (402) entries from 26 African countries, and the organisers said that the three short-listed candidates for the grand finale will be announced soon by the board of trustees of Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

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