Romeo Oriogun, a Nigerian poet and essayist, has gained the 2022 Nigeria Prize for Literature for his poetry collection “Nomad.” As the winner, he earned $100,000 in money and a plaque.
The book via Romeo Oriogun was once chosen from a shortlist of three, which additionally covered “Memory and the Call of Water” via Su’eddie Vershima Agema and “Your Crib, My Qibla” via Saddiq Dzukogi. “Nomad” was one of 288 others that entered the opposition in 2022.
The judges thinking “Nomad” was the best in phrases of how nicely it was written. It was about migration, which is a very modern topic, and it was written in a way that used to be full of lyrical figures. They stated, “The 67 poems in the collection were held together via a journey motif, marshalled in every poem with equal intensity, and linked to the African past, including the Middle Passage, and the African future.”
Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, Jude Dibia, Oke Ikeogwu, Tade Ipeadola, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, and Chika Unigwe are previous recipients of the award.
Romeo Oriogun is no stranger to being an award winner. He was awarded the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2017. He is a finalist for the Lambda Prize for Poetry and the 2020 Future Awards African Prize for Literature.
The graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop is additionally the creator of “Sacrament of Bodies.”