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Babcock University, Others initiate Prize for Yoruba Studies

Written by Akeem Alao

Babcock University, in partnership with Isaac Delano Foundation and the Pan African University Press have initiated Isaac Oluwole Book Prize for Yoruba Studies.

According to the organizers, the initiative is in recognition of the outstanding works of Isaac Delano.

Isaac Delano was a man who committed his life and works to the documentation, preservation, presentation and teaching of the Yoruba language and culture.

“It is our dream to promote and revive the culture, politics and religion of Yoruba race. By so doing, contribute to the stream of revivalist efforts geared towards the resuscitation of the African spirit. For it is in the language, culture and worldview that the spirit flourishes.” The organizers said in a statement.

According to the organisers, the Delano Prize for Yoruba Studies, will encourage and welcome diverse submissions. That can uniquely contribute to the sustenance of the totality of the Yoruba people.

“At the moment, the Delano Prize for Yoruba Studies is worth $1,000. This will make it one of the most robust prizes for Yoruba Studies. And the most prestigious recognition in the world for Yoruba scholarship,” the statement read.

It further said that submissions will not only open to Yoruba people located in Africa. But to everyone with a shared Yoruba ancestry, as well as scholars of Yoruba Studies.

Key selection criteria will include originality, creativity and innovativeness, contribution to Yoruba or Yoruba Studies. And or potential to continue to conduct groundbreaking research on the Yoruba studies.

According to the organizers, submission opens from February 15 to May 30, 2020 while the winner would be announced in December 2020.

The Delano Prize for Yoruba Studies supervisory board comprises; Dr Bola Dauda as chair, Chief Akinwande Delano, Professor Bola Sotunsa, Dr. Michael O. Afolayan and Dr. Olajumoke Jacob-Haliso.


About the author

Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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