By VICTOR NZE
Umbrella body of writers in the country, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) announced, Monday, that its annual Poetry Prize, already advertised for this year 2019 cycle of literary Prizes, has received an endowment of $1,000 from Senator Shehu Sani.
Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, is an author, playwright, human rights activist who has been a long-standing benefactor of the association.
A statement released by the ANA Public Relations Officer (South), Wole Adedoyin, quoted Senator Sani as expressing his desire to jerk up the prize money from N100,000 to $1,000 for a poetry collection (Published and unpublished) for works ‘that evoke or denote peace, tolerance, social justice and egalitarianism.’
By this endowment, the winning literary work for 2019 will be rewarded with the sum of $1,000.
It would be recalled that the poetry prize has been one of the most rewarded monetarily of ANA prizes over the years when it was endowed by Cadbury for $1,000 and later $2,000 before it was rested in the late 2000s.
Consequently, the award has now been renamed to the ANA/Shehu Sani Poetry Prize.
Meanwhile, the association has also restated that deadline for the submission for any of the ANA literary prizes as earlier advertised remained 31st May, 2019.