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Nigerian graduate wins $50,000 creative writing prize in U.S

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A Nigerian graduate, Adedayo Agarau, has won the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in the United States of America.

Adedayo, who graduated from Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, disclosed this via his Twitter account at the weekend.

He stated that he never believed that he could win such a prize.

“I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been awarded the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship @Stanford,” he said.

He added, “I never imagined the boy from Federal Polytechnic, Ede would head to @IowaWritersWksp and now Stanford, but it’s happening and I’m grateful.”

He noted that he selected Stanford over another prestigious fellowship noting that he was grateful for the goodness 2023 continues to bring.

The Wallace Stegner Fellowship which is for two years only selects 10 fellows annually.

The fellowship comes with a $50,000 living stipend during his stay at Stanford University.

Adedayo was also selected for the Cave Canem of the Cave Canem Foundation, United States.

He was selected as one of the 18 fellows for the 2023 cohort of Fellows fellows.

Adedayo stated that his accomplishment could only be attributed to years of consistent hard work.

He said, “I can only be grateful to God for granting me the privilege to achieve all of these and I’m motivated to do more.”

“I wept like an idiot on Clinton street when I got the call. That dreams don’t come true is a lie! I’m so grateful,” Adedayo stated.

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