New literary stars were discovered at the recently held finale of the 2017 edition of the Ibadan Young Writers Summit.
Held inside the iconic bowl of the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan on Tuesday, August 8, the event was graced by literati, educationists, school proprietors and administrators, publishers, educational support services providers, financial institutions, parents, members of the press and the general public.
The new literary and creative writing hopefuls were drawn from about five hundred participants at the preliminaries of the Summit which took place in May this year.
At the preliminaries, young writers were exposed to the craftsmanship behind fine prose, poetry, drama and songwriting. Finalists were drawn from the best entries of writing assignments given them at the end of their training.
Award-winning columnist, poet and literary genius, Sam Omatseye, who is also the Chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspaper, delivered an inspiring Keynote Address that literally lit up the participating audience.
Overall, Miss Williams Neyen of Livingstone College emerged the winner 2017 edition of the Ibadan Young Writers Literary Challenge.
The first runner-up is Oyedemi Idowu of Oba Akinyele High School and Bassey Karen of All Soul’s College was Second runner-up.
In the junior category (Poetry), Iyeoluwa Adejumo-Bello of Kinderville College won, whilst Omobowale Jesusurefunmi of Christ the King College won in the Senior Category.
Various cash prizes, winners’ medal, certificate and books were awarded all finalists and overall winners. Automatic qualification for the forthcoming Odu’a International Literary Challenge was also granted the finalists.