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A book party for Nigeria Literature Prize’s laureates

ELEVEN past winners of the $100, 000 Nigeria Prize for Literature are expected to be on parade on Thursday, October 8 via a virtual platform. The past winners are all scattered around the world, but the organisers, the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA in collaboration with the promoters of the Prize project, the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), have plans to bring them together in this special edition of the annual CORA-NPL Book Party, which is in its eighth edition.

The theme of the literary party is, All Laureates’ Feast, according to the organisers, hinting that the time for the party is 4pm to 6pm.

The organisers said guests who wish to join the party should register at

Among the objectives of the party, the organisers stated:
“Aside the obvious advantage of the Party to the corporate brand of the NPL, the CORA believes that it also has its merits to the writing career and brand equity of each of the laureates.

“It will provide opportunity for the media and the public to have update information about these past winners who are currently located in dif2 ferent parts of the world. 

“The Book Party will enable the NPL Secretariat to bring its past laureates into one family; and keep them in close network. We believe that each of the winners of the past editions is a veritable ambassador for the NPL, which remains the biggest prize project on the continent of Africa. 

“The CORA believes that these winners constitute an eminent body of leaders of thought in our contemporary literary discourse, and ecosystem.”

On the reason for the special edition of the Book Party,, even when the Prize project was suspended due to rage of the pandemic, the statement from CORA said:
“As the cultural events season opens up following the series of lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the absence of the Nigeria Prize for Literature has become a recurrent subject of debate in the literary circuit.

“In particular, the CORA-NPL Book Party, which has always been the kick-starter for the Literary season, has been subject of inquiry lately. It usually set the template and the pace for literary events that characterize the season – August to December.

“As such, the CORA Programme directorate has been inundated with queries about the absence of the Book Party in the cultural calendar. 

“While the reason for the postponement of the NPL 2020 has been well communicated by the management of the Prize, still a large number of members of the literary circuit, especially keen followers of the project, expect that the Book Party should be held.

“The CORA, in discussion with NLNG, therefore resolved that staging a virtual edition of the CORA-NPL Book Party, is imperative.It is conceived as a special gift to Nigeria in a season that marks the country’s diamond (60th) anniversary. 

“The NPL is one of the very few key accomplishments of the country in the annals of cultural development.”

The Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by NLNG, is one of the 10 richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world. It is aimed at bringing Nigerian authors to public attention and celebrating literary craftsmanship in the nation. The Prizes are administered, on behalf of Nigeria LNG Limited, by the Advisory Board for Literature made up of reputable and distinguished Nigerians. The prize comes with a cash reward of $100,000.

The CORA is a 29-year old organisation created and managed by dedicated culture enthusiasts with the intent of making Nigeria a prime destination for culture tourism. CORA was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria as a charity in 2007 as the CORA Art & Cultural Foundation. In 2006, the organisation received the Prince Claus Award for Culture & Development and has been instrumental to major policy shifts in the creative industries. CORA organises regular art events and symposia. These events constantly draw attendance from the cream of Nigeria’s art enthusiasts, practitioners and patrons and are regularly reported in the press. Ideas shared at CORA organised forums have influenced major interventions in the literary, filmic, musical, visual and performative arts of Nigeria in the past two decades and more.

Source: Culture Dispatch

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