The Rainbow Book Club, organizers of the Port Harcourt Book Festival, and Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas will host three poets who have been shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2022 on Sunday.
It has been reported earlier that the poets, Suéddie Vershima Agema (Memory and the Call of the Water); Romeo Oriogun (Noman) and Saddiq Dzukogi (Your Crib, My Qibla) were shortlisted on August 26, among 11 poets who appeared on the long list of the $100,000 literature prize organized by the NLNG.
The award alternates between four literary genres each year; prose, poetry, drama and children’s literature.
This year’s winner will be announced in October.
The one-day event themed “Conversations in the Garden City” will feature the poets with book engagements, stage performances and book reviews, among other activities that will enhance “reader- writer” and “will strengthen the culture of reading”.
Talk to Saturday PUNCH On Wednesday, PBF festival director Koko Kalango said: “The choice of Port Harcourt to host the shortlisted poets before an eventual winner is announced is strategic, given the pivotal role Garden City plays in the sector. Nigerian oil and gas company. .”
The RBC is part of the Rainbow Foundation, a platform known by culture enthusiasts as a club of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization involved in reading culture programs.
The foundation spearheaded Port Harcourt’s nomination as UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014 through its projects of the same year.