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Cheluchi Beats 10 Others to Grab $100k NLNG Literature Prize

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Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

By Adedapo Adesanya

Author Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia is the winner of the $100,000 NLNG Literature Prize for 2021.

Ms Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s novel, The Son of the House, was announced the winner at a ceremony held on Saturday night, as she beat others shortlisted in an 11-man list.

The Advisory Board had in July announced the shortlist of 11 drawn from 202 books in the running for the 2021 edition of the prize.

The 11 books on the shortlist, in alphabetical order by the title of the book were:

1. Delusion of Patriots, Obianuju V. Chukwuorji

2. Give Us Each Day, Samuel Monye

3. Imminent River, Anaele Ihuoma

4. In The Name of Our Father, Olukorede S. Yishau

5. Mountain of Yesterday, Tony Nwaka

6. Neglected, Lucy Chiamaka Okwuma

7. The Colours of Hatred, Obinna Udenwa

8. The Girl with The Louding Voice, Abi Dare

9. The Return of Half- Something, Chukwudi Eze

10. The Son of The House, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

11. Your Church My Shrine, Law Ikay Ezeh.

The list was presented by the Chairman, Panel of Judges for this year’s Nigeria Prize for Literature, Professor Toyin Jegede, who is a professor of Literature in English at the University of Ibadan.

The other judges were Professor Tanimu Abubakar and Dr Solomon Azumurana. Professor Abubakar is a Professor of Literature in the Faculty of Art, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Dr Azumurana is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Lagos.

The judges described the shortlist as fresh approaches to looking at issues, using new and exciting narrative strategies, techniques and well-written organic plots to present topical discussions in realistic ways.

The judges stated that there has been a visible improvement in writing skills and commended Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) for giving writers the platform to blossom and experiment.

According to the Chairperson of the prize’s Advisory Board, Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, the board unanimously agreed that the shortlist of 11 was an excellent list.

She expressed her appreciation to the judges for a thorough job in selecting the shortlist. She stated that excellence was the watchword of the prize, adding that the onus was on the Advisory Board to continue in the tradition that was handed to them by the past board.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature has since 2004 rewarded eminent writers such as Gabriel Okara (co-winner, 2005, poetry) for The Dreamer, His Vision; Professor Ezenwa Ohaeto, for his volume of poetry, Chants of a Minstrel (co-winner, 2005, poetry); Ahmed Yerima (2005, drama) for his classic, Hard Ground; Mabel Segun (co-winner, 2007, children’s literature) for her collection of short plays Reader’s Theatre; Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (co-winner, 2007, children’s literature) with her book, My Cousin Sammy; Kaine Agary with her book, Yellow Yellow (2008, prose); Esiaba Irobi (2010, drama) who clinched the prize posthumously with his book Cemetery Road; Adeleke Adeyemi (2011, children’s literature) with his book The Missing Clock; Chika Unigwe (2012, prose), with her novel, On Black Sister’s Street; Tade Ipadeola (2013, poetry) with his collection of poems, The Sahara Testaments; Professor Sam Ukala (2014, drama) with his play, Iredi War; Abubakar Adam Ibrahim with his novel Season of Crimson Blossoms (2016, prose); Ikeogu Oke with his collection of poetry, The Heresiad; (2017, poetry); Soji Cole with his play, Embers (2018, drama); and Jude Idada with his book, Boom, Boom (2019, Children Literature).

The Nigeria Prize for Literature runs concurrently with the Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism (also sponsored by NLNG), for which four entries were received in 2020. The literary criticism prize carries a monetary value of N1 million.

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary categories – prose fiction, poetry, drama, and children’s literature.

A shortlist of three is expected in September. A winner, if any, will be announced by the Advisory Board in October.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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How to Check WAEC Results 2021 Via Text Message

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Check WAEC Results

By Adedapo Adesanya

On Monday, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) released the 2021 Secondary School Examination (SSCE) results with about 82 per cent achieving five credits in five subjects, including Mathematics and English Language.

This number came from a total of 1,560,261 candidates that sat for the exercise in five countries – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, out of which 1,274,784 candidates achieved the benchmark grades.

According to the regional examination body, candidates can check their results via their mobile phones.

Candidates are to send an SMS as below:

WAEC*ExamNo*PIN*ExamYear to the short-code 32327 (MTN, Airtel & Glo subscribers)

For example – WAEC*4250101001*123456789012*2021

NB: Candidates are advised to follow the format listed above. This means there is no need for space in the message.

After sending the SMS, the result will be delivered via mobile phone at a cost of N30.

Alternatively, candidates can check their results via the WAEC portal.

They are to go through this format as stated by the examination body:

  1. Enter your 10-digit WAEC Examination Number.

(This is your 7-Digit centre number followed by your 3-digit candidate number eg. 4123456789)

  1. Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year eg. 2021
  1. Select the Type of Examination
  1. Enter the e-PIN Voucher Number
  1. Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your e-PIN
  1. Click “Submit” and wait for the results window to come up.
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Torilo Launches Bizedge to Help SMEs Navigate Business Management

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Torilo Nigeria

By Adedapo Adesanya

Torilo Nigeria has launched its Bizedge platform to enable business owners to manage all their operations in one place.

The service will help personalise businesses by onboarding various operational tools that will help to simplify management for owners and teams, all in one place.

Speaking at the launch event, Bizedge Experience the Future of Work, Mr Oluwaseun Farinre said that following its passion for identifying tech talents through its Torilo Academy, the company was taking a step further to see how it can grow business for Nigeria’s booming population.

“Banking on resourcefulness, resilience, and creativity, we looked at how we can help businesses make better outputs and how we can aid entrepreneurs and ailing businesses in the country.

“This led to the creation of the Bizedge to eliminate the constraints in businesses.”

He expressed that the business will help identify some opportunities, cut down on modalities, identify gaps, and eliminate all constraints in human resources, finance, sales, management, and service provision.

“We didn’t just build this for building sake, we saw something and we tapped into it. What we are about to witness is a revolution in the business world.

“It is set to bring a different feel to your business. We are talking assets, payroll, people, and data management all in one.”

The Product Manager, Torilo Nigeria, Mr Aderinola Adebanjo, said the uniqueness of the Bizedge solution is the consolidation of all the applications towards solving problems in businesses in order to make them thrive.

Head of Human Resources, Torilo Nigeria, Mrs Gbemisola Asa said, Bizedge comprises a group of applications that seeks to simplify business processes.

“Although there are other applications to solve problems facing businesses in single phases, Bizedge brings all the applications together to enable business owners to resolve the challenges facing their businesses in the technology world.

“You don’t have to pay for multiple applications to get these features, you can get everything in Bizedge.

“Bizedge is here to make life easier for every professional out there. It helps bridge the gap of paper works. It will prevent businesses from liquidating because processes are one of the problems most startups have presently and this solution will manage these processes and reduce work stress,” she explained.

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Pacegate, Polaris Bank Uplift Girl-child through Education

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Pacegate Girl-child

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

To uplift the girl-child through education and made them better persons in society, Pacegate Limited, a leading manufacturer of UN Certified Steel Drums and distributor of Adipro Lubricant Additives, has collaborated with Polaris Bank.

It was gathered that the two organisations partnered to promote human capital development and combat climate change in Nigeria through the provision of essential school supplies such as; school bags, pens, books, sandals, and uniforms to over 1,400 schoolgirls in secondary schools in Kano, Lagos and Imo States.

This gesture, they believe, will boost inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, as enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.

One of the beneficiaries and a student of Opebi Junior Grammar School, Miss Nwagu Happiness, while expressing her appreciation, said that the provisions from Pacegate and Polaris Bank are well received.

“We are very grateful for these bags and other gifts. The items will be of immense value to us. We promise to put them to good use,” she said.

The Principal of the School, Mrs Omolara Awosan, who was represented by the Vice-Principal (Admin), Mrs Olutade Taiwo, while thanking the companies for the initiative, advised the beneficiaries “to take advantage of this kind gesture from Pacegate and Polaris Bank to become proud ambassadors of this school.”

She also said “the donations you receive today are complementing the efforts of your parents over your education and these investments should yield positive results from you.”

Speaking on the initiative, the Managing Director of Pacegate Limited, Mr Umesh Amarnani, thanked Polaris Bank for supporting the vision to help young schoolgirls across the country.

“As the world continues to deal with the effects of global warming, it is essential for us as an organisation to contribute our quota in moving the needle forward and this became vital for us to take a closer look at engaging the girl child as a pivotal part of tackling this issue,” he added.

Also, the Managing Director/CEO of Polaris Bank, Mr Innocent Ike, promised that the bank “will continue to increase her footprints across communities in Nigeria to ensure the promotion of inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all while creating an enabling environment for the growth of businesses. We welcome partnership opportunities with the core objective of delivering social value for the underserved in the country.”

Leading research for climate change solutions, Project Drawdown, revealed that the provision of education for the girl child is one of the solutions which has a positive, long-lasting impact in addressing the effects of global warming.

As knowledge broadens the horizon of the girl child, imparting the understanding of their boundless potential, extends beyond solely nurturing children.

Education provides the much-needed safety net and resilience for girls and women alike to navigate their role in the world and make better life choices, which will positively impact climate change.

Recall that earlier in the year, Polaris Bank took its Feminine Hygiene Campaign (an advocacy and capacity building initiative on menstrual hygiene for girls) to nine secondary schools in three states across North Central & North East geopolitical zones of the country respectively.

The feminine hygiene campaign was embarked on to address the knowledge gap, correct unhealthy hygiene practices among secondary school girls; as well as identify the environmental school challenges affecting the effective management of feminine hygiene promotion in schools to enable girl-child education.

Additionally, Polaris Bank’s CSR footprints and interventions for women-focused and other societal issues in the nation include the implementation of specifically tailored initiatives such as the provision of free breast cancer screening to over 20,000 women in partnerships with Care Organization Public Enlightenment (COPE), Nigeria’s leading breast cancer NGO.

Equally involved in this strategic partnership is PEARL, Pacegate Energy and Resources Limited, an indigenous local content company that provides fluids and chemical solutions to various sectors of the Nigerian economy.

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