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Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Residencies

2017:               Winner, the Humboldt Kolleg International Conference Grant (to be hosted by University of Ibadan, February 2018)

2017:               Winner, Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives.

2016:               Grantee of the Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Research Award.

2015:               Grantee of the Humboldt Talent Travel Award, Berlin, Germany.

2013:               Book Shortlisted for the NLNG Prize for Poetry (Sea of my mind)

2006:               Book Shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature (Lovesong for my Wasteland)

2006-07           Georg Forster Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

2005-06           Visiting Scholar, Centre of African Studies & Wolfson College, Cambridge Universiy, UK.

2004-05:          Guest Writer to the City of Stockholm, Sweden.

2002-04:          College & University Affiliation Program (CUAP) Grant, Southern Illinois University, USA-University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

2003:               Special Creative Writing Prize awarded by the African Information Society Initiative, UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; (for “A Poem for Practical

                        Dreamers, or Dreams at Work”).

2002:                Grantee, National Council for Arts & Culture, South Africa.

2002:               Visiting Harry Oppenheimer African Scholar, Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town, South Africa.

2001:               Scholar-in-Residence, Department of English, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, US.

2001:               West African Research Center Travel Grant, Dakar, Senegal; Fellow, Institute of Gender Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South


2000:               Recipient, The Ford Foundation (West Africa) Research Grant in Culture, Media & Literature.

1999:               Summer Institute for International Professors and Scholars, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, US.

1997:               Association of West African Writers’ Award for Best First Published Book of the Year (for A Harvest of Laughters).

1997:               Association of Nigerian Authors-Cadbury Poetry Prize (for A Harvest of Laughters).