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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

13.11. Afrikakolloquium: The Nigeria Prize for Literature and Current Nigerian Writing (Prof. Dr. Isidore Diala)

"The Nigeria Prize for Literature and Current Nigerian Writing" - Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Isidore Diala (Imo State University, Nigeria / Berlin) im Rahmen des Afrikakolloquiums
Wann 13.11.2019 ab 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, Raum 410

Established in 2004 by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), the Nigeria Prize for Literature is in its fifteenth year of administration. Currently valued at $100,000, its material reward is phenomenal in the Nigerian economy where almost 400 Naira, the local currency, exchanges for $1; but even more crucially, the prize has risen in its symbolic value from its initial focus on revamping the quality of publishing in the country to become arguably the most powerful cultural institution for validating a Nigerian/African view on artistic excellence. Examining primarily archival documents relating to the prize from its inauguration, I appraise the processes of its articulation and substantiation of its vision of “excellence and craftsmanship” in Nigerian literature as well as its procedures of acquiring, accumulating, and bestowing prestige, and remark on public reception of these; I finally raise questions about its relative international anonymity by locating it in the circuit of comparable prizes, especially the Caine Prize.

 

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