By Yusuf Lekan
Following the announcement of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature to Patrick Modiano, presented by Professor Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, on 9 October 2014. I was overwhelmed by the conclusion of the Swedish Academy though I wasn’t shock to death while reading the headline in one of Nigeria dailies.
Without feigning knowledge about the new Laureate of literature, I hardly had read his works let alone know who he was, don’t get me wrong, I do not claim I know every name in our contemporary literature but I’m quite familiar with big names of the world literature so I owned license to my thought that,the French writer Patrick Modiano was probably the favorite of the Swedish Academy to be awarded the Nobel Prize among other nominee like Ngugi waThiong’o, a sound and talented Keyan writer who not only had written works in English but also in Gukuyi, Ngugi waThiong’o, who was long listed in 2013 for the same award alongside with other three African writers including Ben Okri and Chimanda NgoziAdiche, although he always criticize the white society. Another big name on the list is J.K Rolling, a weird fiction writer that has shaken the world with herdebut book “The Lord of the Ring” and had most of her works adapted into big screen, when the news of Patrick Modiano as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature 2014 reached me I felt lurch in my stomach that whether the last will testament of Alfred Nobel that “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” have been compromised but I still hold breath to my conclusion, but after several research and reading peoples viewpoints I had no power than to surrender to the conclusion of the Nobel Prize diplomats.
HOW MANY INDIVIDUAL HAVE BEEN AWARDED NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE?
Until now 107 Nobel Prize in literature have been awarded to 111 individuals since 1901 and only on four occasion have been share between two individuals, i.e in 1904 – between Frederic Mistrak and Jose Echegaray, 1917 – between Karl Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan,1966 – between Shmuel Agnon and Nelly sachs, and 1974 –between Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson. And about 13 women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was the first woman to be awarded in 1909, only two people have declined the Nobel Prize in literature and No one has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature more than once.
HOW MANY AFRICAN HAVE BEEN AWARDED
Five African have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature since inception. Wole Soyinka (1986), Naguib Mahfouz (1988), Nadine Gordimer (1991), J.M. Coetzee (2003) and Doris Lessing (2007).Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka”who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence” was the first and only African that have been awarded the Nobel prize in literature while many others have been nominated for the award including our very own Chinua Achebe and the last person to make the shortlist candidate is Kenyan writer NgugiwaThiong’o
HOW MANY INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN AWARDED ON A SPECIAL RECOGNITION ASIDE BEEN A WRITER?
While the Nobel Prize in Literature is for a writer’s life work, there are nine Literature Laureates for whom the Swedish Academy singled out a specific work for particular recognition.
|WHY ARE THE INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS AWARDED A NOBEL PRIZE CALLED NOBEL LAUREATES?
The word “Laureate” refers to being signified by the laurel wreath. In Greek mythology, the god Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head. A laurel wreath is a circular crown made of branches and leaves of the bay laurel (In latin: Laurusnobilis). In Ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honour – both in athletic competitions and in poetic meets
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