Presented to Mr. Tade Ipadeola
On the 7th of March 2014, the Year 10 literature students attended the public presentation
of the Nigeria Prize for Literature. We were accompanied by Mrs. Halstead and Mr. Thompson.
The winner of the 2013 prize for literature was Mr. Tade Ipadeola.
Mr Tade Ipadeola was born in September 1970 in Fiditi, Oyo State.
As a young boy, he made regular visits to his school library.
He described the Library as is first transportation pad into the universe.
It was at the Library that he discovered his zeal for literature.
He also read science and social books.
One of his many models was his father, who was his literature teacher in his primary school.
His father would proof read his work and advise him on how to improve the quality of his work.
Mr. Tade has a very unique style of writing, he is interested in nature and prefers to write about life
as it is, and as it should be. He was extremely surprised to have won such an award, considering the
tightness of the competition.
We also had Mr. JP Clark speak to us, as well as some other prestigious Nigerian poets.
One thing we took away was that anyone can write, Mr. Tade did not start big, but he started from the
confines of his school library. If we invest in our future now, be it by reading books, or saving towards it, we will surely reap the benefits.
By Oluwaseunfunmi Onalaja 10S