Nigeria Prizes for Science and Literature

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The Nigeria Prize for Science and The Nigeria Prize for Literature are Nigerian science and literary awards presented annually since 2004.[1] The award is sponsored by Nigeria LNG in partnership with the Nigerian Academy of Science and the Nigerian Academy of Letters.[1] The prize describes itself as "bringing Nigerian scientists and authors to public attention and celebrating excellence in scientific breakthroughs and literary craftsmanship in the nation."[1]

The Prize for Literature rotates among four genres - Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Children's literature.[2]

The Prize was initially $20,000 each in Literature and Science.[2] This was increased to $30,000 in 2006, and again to $50,000 in 2008.[2] In 2011 the prize was increased to $100,000,[2][3] making it the largest African literary prize and one of the richest literary prizes in the world.

In 2009 the Literature Committee could not decide on a winner and the prize money was given to the Nigerian Academy of Letters instead.[2]


Year Prize $ in each category Literature Science Ref(s)
2014 100,000 Sam Ukala, Iredi War None [4]
2013 100,000 Tade Ipadeola, The Sahara Testaments None [5]
2012 100,000 Chika Unigwe, On Black Sisters' Street None [6]
2011 100,000 Adeleke Adeyemi (Mai Nasara), The Missing Clock None [7]
2010 50,000 Esiaba Irobi, Cemetery Road Akaehomen Ibhadode, for Development of New Methods for Precision Die Design [8]
2009 50,000 None Andrew Jonathan Nok, for discovery of the gene responsible for the creation of Sialidase [9]
2008 50,000 Kaine Agary, Yellow Yellow Ebenezer Meshida, for Solution to Road Pavement Destabilisation by the Invention of 'Lateralite': A Stabilisation Flux for Fine Grained Lateritic Soils [10][11]
2007 30,000 Mabel Segun, Readers' Theatre: Twelve Plays for Young People
Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, My Cousin Sammy
None [12]
2006 30,000 Ahmed Yerima, Hard Ground Michael Adikwu, for Wound Healing Devices (Formulations) Containing Snail Mucin
2005 20,000 Gabriel Okara, The Dreamer: His Vision
Ezenwa Ohaeto, Chants of a Minstrel
2004 20,000 None Alfred Susu & Kingsley Abhulimen, for Real-Time Computer Assisted Leak Detection/Location Reporting and Inventory Loss Monitoring System


  1. ^ a b c The Nigeria Prize, official website.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tolulope Odeyemi. "On the hundred thousand dollar prize", Next, June 26, 2011
  3. ^ The Nigeria Prize for Literature Competition, official website.
  4. ^ "Sam Ukala wins 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature". City Voice. Lagos, Nigeria. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Japhet Alakam & Prisca Sam-Duru. "Tade Ipadeola wins 2013 Nigeria Prize for Literature". Vanguard. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chika Unigwe Wins Nigeria Prize for Literature". PM News. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Okey Egboluche (October 17, 2011). "NLNG Prize 2011: How Mai Nasara Emerged Winner". Nigerian Orient News. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Emmanuel Osanedum (October 11, 2010). "Online Exclusive: Late Esiaba Irobi wins $50, 000 NLNG literature prize". Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Akoma Chinweoke (August 16, 2009). "Prof. Nok wins LNG’s Science Prize". Vanguard. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Benjamin Njoku (October 19, 2008). "Nigeria: The Drama, the Tension, As Kaine Agary Wins NLNG Literary Prize". Vanguard. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Chido Nwakanma (October 21, 2008). "Niger Delta, Infrastructure feature in Nigerian Prizes". MFOA Africa News. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Benjamin Njoku (October 7, 2007). "Nigeria: Mabel Segun, Adimora-Ezeigbo Win $30,000 NLNG Literature Prize". Vanguard. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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