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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 Prize.

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 six siblings.

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. Nnamdi Azikiwe.

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 ambition.



Submitted by:


Philip IDEH

Commonwealth Journalists Association