Canada-born Nigerian writer, Chidera Igwe, has been honoured with the Black Excellence Award for her great work and the release of her novel, ‘The Carnival Boy’.
The Black Excellence Award gala was sponsored by Akwaaba Foods and Black in Sask.
During the gala which took place at Aspen Links Country Club in Emerald Park, Saskatchewan, recently, the founder of Black in Sask, Muna De Ciman and CEO of Akwaaba Foods, Vinolia Apakoh talked about the significance of recognizing black excellence.
They said: “Black Excellence Award goes beyond a single person or achievement. The vision is to create a space where we can honour and celebrate the excellent contribution from Saskatchewan’s black community.
“Black Excellence Award is a commitment as a community to doing better. It is not measured in comparison with other communities or individuals, but by our ability to continue to excel collectively one generation after another”
As the youngest of the groups and individuals honoured at the event, twelve-year-old Chidera Igwe received the award for working hard at school and for being an example of excellence to other African Canadian children.
The organizers said: “The young people we are recognizing tonight are a testament to the black excellence in Saskatchewan. Chidera embodies the importance of well roundedness and the complexities of young black women actively pursuing their dreams and talent.”
At the age of 11, Chidera became one of Saskatchewan’s youngest authors when she published her novel, ‘The Carnival Boy’, in April 2021while in Grade 5.
Chidera thanked all her supporters, teachers, friends and family for taking interest in her work.
Her father, Dr Chidi Igwe said: “It’s been a wonderful and inspirational event tonight. I am so happy that you inspired Chidera even more by what you have done to her tonight.
“Chidera loves reading and writing and is currently working on a number of manuscripts, following the release of her first fiction The Carnival Boy in April 2021.”
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