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Janice OKOH, 38 year-old
daughter of the late Kaliku of Owaland in the ika NorthEast Local Government
Area of Delta State, has won this year’s BRUNTWOOD PRIZE with her play, THREE
BIRDS, about three siblings left at home alone.
The prize is worth £16,000 for
this play which is her second attempt at Playwriting. Her first play was
entitled “EGUSI SOUP”. She beat 2,200 other Contestants to win the Bruntwood
Janice read Law at Keele University and worked with International Law
Firms in the City of London before going to do her Masters degree in Creative
Writing at the University of East Anglia. She now teaches English and Literacy
Studies at the South London Council of Lewisham.
She lives at home in New
Cross, South London with her widowed mother, Chief (Mrs.) Gladys Okoh and her
Her late father, Chief
Hezekiah Okoh who hailed from Owa Oyibu in Delta State, died in London in 2004.
Janice was interviewed on the
BBC Breakfast Television Programme, beamed all over Britain on Wednesday,
November 16, 2011, the birthday of Nigeria’s First President, the late Dr.
Speaking with this writer, she
advised young Nigerians who wish to succeed in life to find out what they
really cared about and keep at it!
Her next challenge, she
disclosed, would be to try her hands at writing Scripts and Plays for
Television and would even decide to go
back to the University to do her Doctorate degree in order to achieve her