2022 Finalists for Isaac Delano Prize announced

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The 2022 Finalists for the Isaac Oluwole Delano Prize for Yoruba Studies have been announced.

The announcement was made by Babcock University, the Isaac Delano Foundation, and the Pan-African University Press, New Times reports.

The prize, which includes a citation, a certificate, $1,000, and public acknowledgment at the 2022 Convocation ceremony at Babcock University, has two finalists in two categories: the book category and the creative and performance category.

The winner will be decided in weeks ahead, according to New Times.

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The Supervisory Board of the foundation, chaired by Dr. Bola Dauda, has Chief Akinwande Delano, Professor Bola Sotunsa, Dr. Michael O. Afolayan and Professor Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso as its members.

Professor Toyin Falola is the Chairman of the 2020-2022 Jury. Other members are Professor Tunde Babawale, University of Lagos, Pamela Smith, Emeritus Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Professor Akin Akinlabi, Rutgers University, New Times reports.

The Secretary is Damilola Osunlakin from Ahmadu Bello University.

Finalist in the Book Category

Akin Ogundiran, The Yoruba: A New History (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020)

According to New Times, the book, The Yoruba: A New History, is about connections at multiple levels. It is an intellectually stimulating book for anyone, particularly for academics and scholars in history, anthropology, and archaeology. The book takes the reader on a journey that begins at the climax of its message, reverts to the genesis of the Yoruba, then maneuvers readers through different historical developments in the existence of the Yoruba people, and then returns to the starting point — the climax — in such an all-around intellectual stimulation. Every chapter of this 562-page commentary on the Yoruba is a matching piece in the academic puzzle that Professor Ogundiran has neatly arranged to form the insightful book on a new Yoruba history with complex and understandable analysis. Readers are immediately drawn into the deep, propelled by Ogundiran’s deft use of language to unravel the wide-cracking gap that has classified the study of African civilization and history. Ogundiran criticizes the disposition towards African study from early on, which sees the advent of Christianity and colonialism as the defining point in the cultural evolution of Africa.

The Yoruba: A New History is a well-rounded book that has registered its place among the invaluable scholarly outputs of our time.

Finalist in the Creative and Performance Category

Mainframe: Ayinla by Tunde Kelani

Making a blockbuster movie is no mean feat. The arduous production process, the continuous refining of creative representations to ensure they project the finest of details, and the place of good storytelling, continuity, and the ability to connect with and sustain the audience’s attention cannot be overstated. Thus, when we consider Ayinla, the latest of Tunde Kelani’s movies, as a blockbuster, we should not only consider it as one of the top five highest-grossing movies in the Nollywood industry but also as a masterpiece that has registered its place as the defining point for biographical adaptations in the Nigerian entertainment industry, New Times says.

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