Veteran teacher, F. O. C. Ikwuemesibe, is the winner of the 2018 Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers NIGERIAN TEACHERS AWARD (WRR-NTA), an annual prize that recognizes and rewards one Nigerian teacher for outstanding contributions to the development of education and the literary industry.
Ikwuemesibe, who is currently a teacher at The International School, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State and has taught generations of writers, was nominated for the award by WRR C.E.O. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson.
He has been actively involved in literary promotion and related activities beyond the immediate requirements of his calling, for the development of young writers.
ABOUT F. O. C. Ikwuemesibe:
Ikwuemesibe is an experienced school administrator and teacher of the English language and Literature-in-English. He has taught and mentored generations of writers for over two decades and is currently with The International School, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State. Ikwuemesibe has contributed articles to both local and international publications, including online literary groups and co-authored Basic Literature for Schools and Colleges, an instructional text. His first major individual collection of poems, The Big Man and Other Poems, is set for release in December 2018.
He awarded a certificate and a token N10,000 cash prize at the ‘FEAST OF WORDS 2018’, the annual Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers Ltd. Literary Festival, which held on the 1st of December 2018 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
The WRR NIGERIAN TEACHERS AWARD (WRR-NTA) is an annual prize sponsored by Words Rhymes & Rhythm to recognize and reward Nigerian teachers for their contributions to the development of education and the literary industry. This prize was instituted because we strongly believe, as Solomon Ortiz rightly said, that “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” Unfortunately, in Nigeria, as it is in many countries, the teaching profession is often viewed as a second-class profession and teachers are regarded as second-class citizens with poor remuneration and low social respect.
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